We are pleased to announce CSSJ's inaugural Ruth J. Simmons Post-Doctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice for the 2013-2014 academic year, Patricia A. Lott. Prof. Lott earned her PhD from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. She also holds a BA in English from Dillard University of New Orleans and an MA in African American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests include racial slavery, collective memory, critical geography, literary and performance culture, the philosophy of law, and public memorials. Her dissertation, “Bearing Witness to a History of Erasures and Traces: The Public Collective Memory of Racial Slavery in the Antebellum North,” uses some of the questions raised by contemporary archaeological unearthings of racial slavery’s historical presence in the U.S. North to ground an investigation into how and why the institution largely was effaced from prevalent nineteenth-century commemorative practices in the region.