Douglas Chambers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of History

Igbo Diaspora; West Africa in the era of the slave trade; Atlantic World; Comparative Slavery; Runaway Slaves in the U.S. South and the Caribbean; Southern History.

Murder at Montpelier: Igbo Africans in Virginia (2005); ed., Personal Souths: Interviews from the Southern Quarterly (2012); ed., The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly (2012); ed., Enslaved Igbo and Ibibio in America: Runaway Slaves and Historical Descriptions (2013); The Igbo Diaspora in the Era of the Slave Trade: An Introductory History (2014).

Journal Articles:
“‘Will You Join Me In El Monte?’: A Kongo African Spirit in Modern Cuba (Regla, June 2000).” Southern Quarterly 47, 4 (2010), pp.110-119.

“Slave trade merchants of Spanish New Orleans, 1763-1803: Clarifying the colonial slave trade to Louisiana in Atlantic perspective.” Atlantic Studies 5, 3 (2008), pp.335-346. Repr. in William Boelhower, ed., New Orleans in the Atlantic World: Between Land and Sea (London: Routledge, 2010), pp.180-191.

“The Murder of old master Madison in 1732: A Local Event in Atlantic Perspective.” Maryland History 28, 1-2 (2003), pp.3-45.

“The Significance of Igbo in the Bight of Biafra Slave Trade: A Rejoinder to Northrup’s ‘Myth Igbo.” Slavery and Abolition 23, 1 (2002), pp.101-120.

“Ethnicity in the Diaspora: The Slave Trade and the Creation of African ‘Nations’ in the Americas.” Slavery and Abolition 22, 3 (2001), pp.25-39.

“‘My own nation’: Igbo Exiles in the Diaspora.” Slavery and Abolition 18, 1 (1997), pp.72-97. Repr. in David Eltis and David Richardson, eds., Routes to Slavery: Direction, Ethnicity and Mortality in the Atlantic Slave Trade (London: Frank Cass, 1997).

Book Chapters:
“The Southern Quarterly and Southern Studies: The Voice of Humane Learning.” In The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly. Ed. Douglas B. Chambers, with Kenneth Watson. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012, pp.xv-xlvii.

“Igbo Women in the Early Modern Atlantic World: The Burden of Beauty.” In Olaudah Equiano and the Igbo World. Ed. Chima J. Korieh. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2009, pp.325-341.

“The Black Atlantic: Theory, Method, and Practice.” In Toyin Falola and Kevin Roberts, eds., The Atlantic World, 1450-2000. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008, pp.151-173.

“The Links of a Legacy: Figuring the Slave Trade to Jamaica.” In Annie Paul, ed., Caribbean Culture: Soundings on Kamau Brathwaite. Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2007, pp.287-312.

“Tracing Igbo into the African Diaspora.” In Paul Lovejoy, ed., Identifying Enslaved Africans: The “Nigerian” Hinterland and the African Diaspora. London: Continuum, 2000, pp.55-71. Repr., 2nd edition, 2010.

“The Transatlantic Slave Trade to Virginia in Comparative Historical Perspective, 1698-1778.” In John Saillant, ed., Afro-Virginian History and Culture. New York: Garland Publishing, 1999, pp.3-28.

“Source Material for Studying Igbo in the Diaspora: Problems and Possibilities.” In Robin Law, ed., Source Material for Studying the Slave Trade and the African Diaspora. University of Stirling, UK: Centre of Commonwealth Studies, 1997, pp.90-118.

“‘He is an African but speaks plain’: Historical Creolization in Eighteenth-Century Virginia.” In Joseph Harris, et al., The African Diaspora. Eds. Alusine Jalloh and Stephen Maizlish. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1996, pp.100-133. Paperback reprint edition, June 2000.

Other Essays:
“El Camino Real Nuevo: Traversing the Eighteenth-Century Gulf South.” Review of Coastal Encounters: The Transformation of the Gulf South in the Eighteenth Century. Edited with an introduction by Richmond F. Brown. (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2007). [extended review essay]. H-Atlantic, H-Net Reviews (May, 2012), online at Pp.6.

“Review of Vincent Carretta, Equiano the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man” [extended review essay]. H-Atlantic, H-Net Reviews (November, 2007). Pp.6.

“Igbos.” In Ethnicity, ed. Celeste Ray. Vol.6 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Ed. Charles Reagan Wilson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007, pp.164-166.