Shaun R C Wallace

Dr Shaun R C Wallace

BA (Hons), MRes, PhD

  • BS8 1TB

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Office: 1.H025 (Humanities Building, 7 Woodland Road)


Phone: 0117 39 41047

2022/23 Consultation Hours: TBC



Shaun is a social historian of the eighteenth and nineteenth century United States. His research examines transatlantic slavery, with a particular focus on fugitives and fugitivity in the US South. 

His first monograph, In Pursuit of Freedom: Enslaved Runaways and Resistance in the U.S. South, 1790-1860, is forthcoming with the University of Georgia Press. The monograph stands to make a major contribution to historiographical understandings of slavery throughout the Atlantic world from the turn of the nineteenth century. It is a major quantitative study of fugitivity in the United States and the first systematic investigation of fugitives and fugitivity in early national Georgia and Maryland. It introduces the Fugitive Slave Database, a unique digital archive preserving more than 12,500 American fugitivity advertisements from Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Shaun was awarded his PhD (ESRC) from the University of Stirling in January 2018, before being appointed as a postdoctoral research assistant on a multi-institutional digital humanities project. Prior to this, he completed an MRes in Historical Research and BA Hons in History. 


Shaun's teaching experience spans more than 6 years across higher education systems in England and Scotland. He was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Stirling, Teaching Associate at the University of Dundee, before joining the University of Bristol in 2018, where he is now Lecturer in United States History (1790-1860).

Shaun is unit director/lead of the following units:

Rebels, Runaways, and Revolts: Agency, Resistance, and Slavery in the United States (BA)
The American Century (BA)
American Civil War (BA)
Comparative American Slavery (BA/MA)
Violence and Slavery in the American South (BA)
Describing Difference: Race, Culture, and Ethnicity (BA)
Slavery and Emancipation in the Atlantic World 1450-1870 (MA)

Contributes to the following units:

Race (BA)
Race in America (MA)
Slavery (BA)
Global History (BA)
Approaching the Past (BA)
Rethinking History (BA)
Memory (BA)
Researching and Writing History (MA)
Literatures of Enslavement (BA)

 Research Supervision

Shaun is available to supervise students (undergraduate and postgraduate), who wish to work on any subject within his research fields. He particularly welcomes proposals in the following areas:

  1. history of the United States
  2. history of race and slavery in America 
  3. history of US print culture

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas.





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