Race, Empire and Nation

Map of the Atlantic to illustrate European colonization in America (1888)

The Atlantic World (1888) from A Historical Geography of the British Colonies, by Charles P. Lucas / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

One of our strengths as a department is our focus on colonialism, imperialism and the nations that emerged from their long history. This area of specialization is energized by faculty collaboration, bringing together multiple threads of inquiry about the North and South Atlantic world. At its center, this field grapples with issues of social inclusion and exclusion based on constructed categories of race and ethnicity as well as the study of slavery and its many consequences.

Sub-fields

African History

The history of Africa is fundamental to numerous fields, from the histories of trade and cultural exchange and the foundations of the Atlantic slave trade to the age of empires and decolonization.

Faculty

Benin City in the 17thcentury, with the Oba of Benin in procession.

Benin City in the 17th century, with the Oba of Benin in procession.
Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

Latin American and Caribbean History

A unique strength of our department is our focus on the history of Latin America and the Caribbean. Our faculty examine this region from before European contact through to today, with particular emphasis on the region's role in the Western Hemisphere and interactions with the United States and other colonial powers.

Faculty

De Bry, Theodore, Grands and Petits Voyages, 1594

De Bry, Theodore, Grands and Petits Voyages, 1594

Slavery

Our faculty seeks to better understand the long and painful history of slavery, from its origins and aftermath in Africa, to the height of the Atlantic slave trade, to its use and its abolition in North and South America and the Caribbean.

Faculty

A slave ship, 1791

A slave ship, 1791 Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Imperialism and Colonialism

Our faculty examine the many ways that international powers have dominated other countries and peoples, through the establishment of colonies, the control of economies, the exploitation of resources, and the acquisition of territories. This field is often transnational in nature, and explores the ways that different cultures interact, clash, and change.

Faculty

The Empire Needs Men, Arthur Wardle WWI recruiting poster

The Empire Needs Men, Arthur Wardle WWI recruiting poster. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Faculty

Carole Emberton

554 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8405

emberton@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: 19th century United States History; Civil War and Reconstruction; Southern History; Gender and Sexuality; Historical Memory; African American History; History of Slavery and Emancipation

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554 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8405

emberton@buffalo.edu

Hal Langfur

Phone: (716) 645-8408

hlangfur@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: History of Latin America and the Caribbean; History of Brazil; The Atlantic World; Indigenous History; Imperialism and Colonialism; Social and Cultural History; Transnational History

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Ndubueze L. Mbah

564 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8415

ndubueze@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: African History; The Atlantic World; History of Slavery and Emancipation; Gender and Sexuality; Social and Cultural History

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564 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8415

ndubueze@buffalo.edu

Patrick McDevitt

561 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8412

mcdevitt@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Modern Europe; Modern Britain; Modern Ireland; The Atlantic World; Gender and Sexuality; Imperialism and Colonialism; History of Religion; Social and Cultural History; History of Sports

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561 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8412

mcdevitt@buffalo.edu

Dalia Antonia Muller

563 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8414

daliamul@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Director
University Honors College
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
Division of Academic Affairs

Fields: History of Latin America & the Caribbean; The Atlantic World; Imperialism and Colonialism; Political History; Transnational History

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563 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8414

daliamul@buffalo.edu

Mark Nathan

533 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5647

mnathan@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor
Asian Studies Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: Asian History; Korean History; History of Religion; Intellectual History; Transnational History

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533 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5647

mnathan@buffalo.edu

Camilo Trumper
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: History of Latin America; Urban History

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Victoria W. Wolcott

560 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8411

vwwolcot@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department Chair
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Fields: 20th century United States History; African American History; Gender and Sexuality; Social and Cultural History; Urban History

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560 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8411

vwwolcot@buffalo.edu