Research Output per year
Shaun is a transatlantic historian, specialising in the eighteenth-and nineteenth-century international slave trade. 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 interests include enslaved fugitivity, literacy, and eighteenth and ninteenth century American print culture, including fugitivity advertisements. Shaun is the creator of the Fugitive Slave Database (FSdb), an innovative digital humanities initiative. The unique database contains over 12,500 American fugitivity advertisements 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
- Researching and Writing History
- Rethinking History
- Approaching the Past
- Enslaved Literature
Encourages dissertations on:
- History of Early National and Antebellum United States
- American Print Culture
Contact to make appointment via email.
1.H025, Humanities Building, 3-5 Woodland Road
Phone: 0117 39 41047
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal)