Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne is a historian of the United States and Latin America, with particular interests in slavery, emancipation, race and capitalism. Her dissertation, The Last Atlantic Revolution: Reconstruction and the Struggle for Democracy in the Americas, 1861-1912, explores the transnational dimensions of the black freedom struggle in the United States, Cuba, and Brazil, the last societies to abolish slavery in the Atlantic World. She received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 2014 and her M.A. from Harvard in 2017. Since then, she has served as a Visiting Fellow in African American History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and as a Global History Fellow at the University of São Paulo. At Harvard, she has taught courses on “Race and Capitalism in American History” and supervised undergraduate research on the historical connections between Harvard and slavery. Her article, “‘A General Insurrection in the Countries with Slaves’: The U.S. Civil War and the Origins of an Atlantic Revolution, 1861-1866,” is forthcoming in Past and Present (February 2023). 

 

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