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Dr Shaun R C Wallace

BA (Hons), MRes, PhD

  • BS8 1TB


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Research interests


 Shaun is a historian of transatlantic slavery, whose research interests are in the social and economic history of the Atlantic world, including gender and race history, the US South and Atlantic slave societies, and transatlantic print culture. He was awarded his PhD (ESRC) from the University of Stirling in January 2018. Prior to this, he completed an MRes in Historical Research and BA Hons in History.

  His research primarily focuses on slavery in the c.18 and c.19 United States South, and his interests include enslaved fugitivity, literacy, and eighteenth and ninteenth century American print culture including fugitivity advertisements. His research uses historical and digital humanities methods to investigate the social impact of slavery throughout the Atlantic world. One of the major outputs of his research is the Fugitive Slave Database (FSdb), an innovative digital humanities research and teaching tool. The unique database preserves one of the largest collections of American fugitive slave advertisements in the world (approximately 12,500 from Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia).

  Prior to joining the history department at Bristol in September 2018, Shaun was a postdoctoral researcher on a digital humanities project led by the Stirling Management School. His commitment as lead historian included historical research, data collection, and data management (databasing). 

  Shaun developed an extensive teaching portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate American and British history modules as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Stirling, Teaching Associate at the University of Dundee, and Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol, before becoming a lecturer. 

  Shaun is writing his first book, In Pursuit of Freedom: Enslaved Runaways and Resistance in the U.S. South, 1790-1860, which is forthcoming with the University of Georgia Press. His recent publications include chapters on fugitive performance and the Fugitive Slave Database. Shaun is also preparing an article on early national slaveholding women.

Teaching and Supervision

Shaun is unit director of:

  • The American Century
  • Comparative American Slavery
  • Violence and Slavery in the American South
  • Describing Difference: Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
  • Slavery and Emancipation in the Atlantic World 1450-1870

Contributes to:

  • Slavery
  • The American Civil War
  • Race
  • Race in America
  • Researching and Writing History
  • Rethinking History
  • Approaching the Past
  • Global History
  • Enslaved Literature

Encourages dissertations on:

  • History of Early National and Antebellum United States
  • Slavery
  • Race
  • American Print Culture

Student Consultation


Wednesday, 11am – 12pm

Thursday, 3pm – 4pm

Contact via email to book an appointment.

Contact Details

1.H025, Humanities Building, 3-5 Woodland Road

Phone: 0117 39 41047




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