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Alisha M. Cromwell

Gender and Women's History; Slavery; The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; Islamic West Africa; Atlantic World; American and European Economic History

Graduate Teaching Assistant
M.A., Univ. of South Carolina, 2008

Office: 332 LeConte
Office Hours: MW, 12-1:15pm

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During the colonial era, enslaved Africans and their British captors slowly transformed old-world marketing practices into a system of local commerce that was unique to the American South. Unlike the markets of England or the American North, a majority of southern petty traders were enslaved women. By the antebellum period, bonded women had established trade networks that paralleled those of the Muslim Hausa in order to dominate local food markets. My goal is to illustrate how African and African American women created a commercial atmosphere that was characteristic of Islamic marketing in the antebellum South. My dissertation will reveal just how deeply the southern informal economy was shaped by enslaved Muslim women from West Africa. This project will lead to a new understanding of American history that moves from the strictly European origins of political economy to include the significant contributions of African commerce on our economic past.

Research and Teaching Interests

[African American]
[Gender & Sexuality]
[Latin America & Caribbean]
[U.S. South]
[Women's History]


"To Market, To Market: Atlantic World Women, African Trading Practices, and Gender in the American South," supervised by Dr. Allan Kulikoff (In Progress)

Selected Publications

"Enslaved Women in the Savannah Marketplace," in Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, ed. Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris (University of Georgia Press, 2014)

Honors and Awards

Phelps-Stokes Graduate Fellowship, UGA Graduate School (2014/15)

Graduate School Dean's Award, University of Georgia Graduate School , Research Award (2014)

Willson Center Graduate Research Award, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts (2014)

OVPI Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, UGA Graduate School (2014)

J. Carlyle Sitterson Visiting Scholar Grant, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill , Southern Historical Collection (2013)

Gregory Graduate Research Award, UGA History Department (2013)

Gregory Graduate Research Award, UGA History Department (2012)

New Professional Award, National Council on Public History (2010)

Courses Taught

HIST2111: U.S. History to 1865 [Syllabus]


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