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Vincent Brown, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, is a multi-media historian with a keen interest in the political implications of cultural practice. He teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery. Brown is the author of The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2008) and producer of an audiovisual documentary about the anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens.
- The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008)
- “History Attends to the Dead,” Small Axe, No. 31 (March 2010): 219-227.
- “Social Death and Political Life in the Study of Slavery,” American Historical Review, Vol. 114, No. 5 (December 2009): 1231-1249.
- “Eating the Dead: Consumption and Regeneration in the History of Sugar,” Food and Foodways: History and Culture of Human Nourishment, Vol. 16, No. 2 (April 2008): 117-126.
- "Spiritual Terror and Sacred Authority in Jamaican Slave Society," in Slavery & Abolition Vol. 24, No. 1 (April 2003): 24-53 (2003)
- "Blackness in Diaspora," in Plantation Society in the Americas Vol. VI, Nos 2&3 (Fall 1999): 305-12 (1999)
Position: Professor of History and of African and African American Studies
Field: United States
Specialty: Atlantic Slavery; Caribbean History to 1838; Early American
History; American Revolutions in Atlantic Perspective; Diaspora Studies; Racial
Politics; Death and Memorial in World History; History and the Audiovisual Media
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