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.