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Jennifer Morgan, Ph.D 

Jennifer L. Morgan is Professor of History in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.  She is the author of the Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic (Duke University Press, 2021) which won the Mary Nickliss Prize in Women’s and/or Gender History from the Organization of American Historians and the Frederick Douglass Prize awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University; and of Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in the Making of New World Slavery (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).  She is the co-editor of Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in America (University of Illinois Press, 2016).  Her research examines the intersections of gender and race in the early modern Black Atlantic. 


Her recent journal articles include “Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Law, Race, and Reproduction in Colonial Slavery,” in Small Axe; “Accounting for ‘The Most Excruciating Torment’: Trans-Atlantic Passages” in History of the Present and “Archives and Histories of Racial Capitalism” in Social Text.  In addition to her archival work as an historian, Morgan has published a range of essays on race, gender, and the process of “doing history,” most notably “Experiencing Black Feminism” in Deborah Gray White’s edited volume Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower (2007).  She has a forthcoming article entitled “Reproductive Dispossession: A Long History of Outrage from Slavery to Dobbs,” that she co-wrote with Julie Livingston.


She is currently working on a study of slavery and the emergence of “private life” in the Early Modern English Atlantic world; a project about slavery and freedom in the seventeenth century that centers around Elizabeth Key—the black woman who sued for her freedom in Virginia in 1656; and she is editing a special issue of the journal History of the Present on Reproducing Racial Capitalism. 


Morgan served as the Council Chair for the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture from 2019-2022.  She is the past-Vice President of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and is a lifetime member of the Association of Black Women Historians.  She lives in New York City.

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