Postdoctoral Fellows

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University invites applications for a one-year position (2016-2017) as the Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice. 


Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice

Zach Sell completed his PhD in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation, “Slavery Beyond Slavery: The American South, British Imperialism, and the Circuits of Capital, 1833-1873,” examines how U.S. settler slavery intensified and transformed colonial, racial, and labor relations across the British Empire. His writing has appeared in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, International Labor and Working-Class History, and Salvage

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Race and Medicine

Nic John Ramos received his PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California and his undergraduate degrees in Asian American Studies and Political Science from the University of California at Irvine. His work brings together discourses of feminist, queer, and disability studies with political economy, black studies, and Latino/a studies to investigate the history of King-Drew Medical Center, an iconic public hospital built in Los Angeles after the 1965 Watts Riots. Originally conceived as a vehicle for black medical and economic inclusion, King-Drew piloted a slew of new health institutions -- academic medical centers, comprehensive health clinics, community mental health centers, emergency rooms, and medically underserved areas. Ramos demonstrates, however, that local city and medical authorities became complicit in building of new “non-medical” institutions such as a modern skid row, expanded prisons, and enlarged police forces to accommodate Los Angeles’ changing global landscape. 


Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice

Amelia Hintzen holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Miami and a B.A. from Carleton College. Combining historical, anthropological, and geographic methods, Amelia’s work explores the intersections of labor, migration, citizenship, and race within the Caribbean and Latin America. Her dissertation examines the historical development of Haitian-Dominican communities on Dominican sugar plantations, and how these spaces shaped national understandings of race, ethnicity, and national belonging. Her work has been published in the NACLA Report on the Americas, the Journal of Haitian Studies, and the New West Indian Guide. She has also published in the Dominican Republic about the Dominican government’s contemporary attempts to strip citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent. In addition to her research, she has worked with Haitian-Dominican advocacy organizations to help them incorporate historical information and material into their work. Archival documents from her research have been submitted as evidence before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, included in documentary films, used in print advocacy campaigns, and discussed on Dominican news programs.



Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice

Jennifer Page finished her PhD in Government at Harvard University in 2015. A political theorist, she is interested in a wide range of normative questions concerning racial injustice (and injustice generally). Her dissertation, "Reparations and State Accountability," analyzes how political authority and power facilitates injustice in liberal democracies, and the rights and duties that arise as a result. She is currently working to revise this project into a book manuscript, and plans to extend the analysis to accountability for police brutality in the United States.


Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice 

Mekala Audain earned her Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University. Her research interests include chattel slavery, slave rebellion in the Americas, black immigration, and the African American experience on the U.S. borderlands. Her dissertation, "Mexican Canaan: Fugitive Slaves and Free Blacks on the American Frontier, 1804-1867," recovers the southern Underground Railroad in the nineteenth century and examines free black thought about Mexico in the antebellum era. 

John Carter Brown Library and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Joint Fellow

Justin Pope received his Ph.D. in history from the George Washington University in 2014. He grew up on a horse farm in Kentucky and worked as an urban planner for the cities of Saint Petersburg, Florida, and Medford, Oregon, before returning to academia to pursue his passion for early America history. His interest in the history of American slavery has led him as far afield as Ghana and Barbados and now to the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. His current book project examines an eruption of real and imagined slave uprisings that swept through the British Atlantic between the years 1729 and 1746, the era of the War of Jenkin's Ear.


Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice

Prof. Patricia LottPatricia A. 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.