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RANDY M. BROWNE
Curriculum Vitae (June 2016)
Department of History, Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207
(513) 745-3231 browner@xavier.edu
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ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT


2012-present


Assistant Professor, Department of History, Xavier University


EDUCATION


2012


Ph.D., Global History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dissertation: “Surviving Slavery: Politics, Power, and Authority in the British Caribbean, 1807-1834”



2009


M.A., U.S. History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



2006


B.A., with high honors, History and Spanish, Eckerd College


PUBLICATIONS

Book


2017


 Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming) 

Articles


2017


“Husbands and Fathers: The Family Experience of Enslaved Men in Berbice,1819-1834,” with Trevor Burnard, New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids (forthcoming)



2016


“Florence Hall’s ‘Memoirs’: Finding African Women in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade,” with John Wood Sweet, Slavery & Abolition 37, no. 1: 206-21 (published online September 2015)



2016


“The Guianas,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, edited by Trevor Burnard (New York: Oxford University Press)



2011


“The ‘Bad Business’ of Obeah: Power, Authority, and the Politics of Slave Culture in the British Caribbean,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 68, no. 3 (2011): 451-80. Winner, Richard L. Morton Award; Honorable Mention, Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction Biennial Article Prize.


Book Reviews


2016


The Cultural Politics of Obeah: Religion, Colonialism and Modernity in the Caribbean World, by Diana Paton.  Slavery & Abolition 37, no. 2 (2016): 473-75.


2014


Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Themes and Variations, by Sidney W. Mintz. The Americas 70, no. 3 (2014):574-75.

2013


Obeah and Other Powers: The Politics of Caribbean Religion and Healing, edited by Diana Paton and Maarit Forde. History: Reviews of New Books 41, no. 4 (2013): 123. 


2009


Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age, edited by Christopher Leslie Brown and Philip D. Morgan. Journal of the Early Republic 29, no. 3 (2009): 519-22.


2009


Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America, by Sylviane A. Diouf; and The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Making of AfricaTown, USA: Spirit of Our Ancestors, by Natalie S. Robertson. Journal of Social History 43, no. 2 (2009): 471-74.


2009


The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery, by Vincent Brown. Journal of the Early Republic 29, no. 2 (2009): 336-39.


2008


Rituals of Resistance: African Atlantic Religion in Kongo and the Lowcountry in the Era of Slavery, by James R. Young. Journal of the Early Republic 28, no. 4 (2008): 708-11.

Awards and Honors


2016


Junior Faculty Research Award, Ohio Academy of History


2016


Faculty Development Research Sabbatical Fellowship, Xavier University


2014


National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia

2013


Honorable Mention, Biennial Article Prize, Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction


2013


Summer Research Grant, Xavier University


2011


Richard L. Morton Article Award, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture & William and Mary Quarterly

2008-2012


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education


2012


Conference Travel Grant, Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC-Chapel Hill


2011


Nominee, Outstanding Teaching by a Teaching Assistant Award, History Department, UNC-Chapel Hill


2011


Travel Grant, History Department, UNC-Chapel Hill


2010


Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC- Chapel Hill

2010


Luis Quirós Varela Graduate Student Travel Award, Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC-Chapel Hill


2010


Research Award, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill


2010


Mowry Dissertation Fellowship, History Department, UNC-Chapel Hill


2009


Beveridge Research Grant, American Historical Association


2009


Short-Term Research Grant, International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University


2009


Travel Grant, Graduate School, UNC-Chapel Hill

Invited Talks

2014


“The World the Slave Drivers Made: Slavery and Survival in the British Caribbean,” Eckerd College, September 30

2014


“Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean,” Library Company of Philadelphia & Historical Society of Pennsylvania Fellows Colloquium, Philadelphia, Pa., September 9

2014


“Power and Survival: The Untold Story of Slave Drivers in the British Caribbean,” Bowdoin College, March 25

2014

“Marriage, Slavery, and Power in Berbice, 1819-1834,” Triangle Early American History Seminar, Durham, N.C., March 7

2014


“Property Rights, Slavery, and Survival in the Nineteenth-Century British Caribbean,” Kentucky Early America Seminar, Frankfort, Ky., February 28


2013


“‘The Life and Soul of an Estate’: Slave Drivers and Plantation Politics in the Early Nineteenth-Century British Caribbean,” Honors Council, Xavier University, April 12


2012


“Penal Reform, Slavery, and the Moral Economy of Punishment in the British Caribbean, 1807-1834,” King’s College London & UNC-Chapel Hill Lost Futures in the History of Modern European Empires Workshop, London, May 24


2010


“‘The Right Of A Master To Punish’: Penal Reform and the Amelioration of Slavery in the British Caribbean,” Triangle Legal History Seminar & Triangle Early American History Seminar, Durham, N.C., December 10


2010


“‘The Right of a Master to Punish an Insolent and Insubordinate Slave’: Penal Reform and the Amelioration of Slavery in the British Caribbean,” African and African American Studies Working Group, Duke University, November 18


2010


“‘The Bad Thing’: Obeah, Authority, and the Politics of Afro-Caribbean Culture Among Slaves in Berbice (Guyana),” Research Colloquium, History Department, UNC-Chapel Hill, November 12


2010


“‘Punishment Must be Inflicted with Reason’: Penal Reform and the Amelioration of Slavery in the Nineteenth-Century British Caribbean,” Transatlantic Historical Approaches Graduate Workshop, UNC-Chapel Hill, September 28


2010


“The ‘Bad Business’ of Obeah: Power, Community, and the Politics of Slave Culture in the British Caribbean,” Transatlantic Historical Approaches Graduate Workshop, King’s College London, May 19


2010


Panelist, Black Women and Violence Roundtable, Working Group in Feminism and History & Triangle African American History Colloquium, Chapel Hill, N.C., April 2


2009


“The ‘Bad Business’ of Obeah: Power, Culture and the Politics of Slave Religion in the Pre-Emancipation British Caribbean,” Triangle Early American History Seminar, Durham, N.C., April 24

Conference Participation

2017


“Enslaved Women and Male Slave Drivers in the Caribbean,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, June 1-4

2016


“Slave Drivers in Nineteenth-Century British Guiana and Cuba,” Association of Caribbean Historians Annual Conference, Havana, Cuba, June 5-10

2015


Panel chair, “Controlling Sexuality in the Caribbean,” Association of Caribbean Historians Annual Conference, Nassau, Bahamas, May 17-22

2014


“Florence Hall’s Jamaican ‘Memoirs’: Finding Black Atlantic Lives in the Archive,” Library Company of Philadelphia New Scholarship in African American History and Culture Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., December 4

2014


“Slavery and the Politics of Marriage in Berbice, 1819-1834,” Association of Caribbean Historians Annual Conference, Fort de France, Martinique, May 11-16


2013


“‘The Driver is Too Great a Man’: Slavery and Authority in the British Caribbean, 1780-1834,” Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference, University of Warwick, England, July 3-5


2013


“The World the Drivers Made: Slavery, Survival, and Authority in the Caribbean, 1807-1834,” Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference on Africans in the Americas: Making Lives in a New World, 1675-1825, University of the West Indies-Cave Hill, Barbados, March 14-16


2012


“Marriage, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Control in the British Caribbean, 1819-34,” Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Conference on Race, Gender, and Sexualities in the Atlantic World, College of Charleston, March 9-11


2011


“‘The Bad Thing’: Obeah and the Politics of Afro-Caribbean Religion Among Slaves in Berbice (British Guiana),” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Boston, January 6-9


2009


“‘This Bad Business on the Estate’: Obeah, Violence, and Authority in the British Caribbean in the Early Nineteenth Century,” Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, England, July 1-3


2009


“‘Bad Business’: Obeah, Violence, and Power,” Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, Kingston, Jamaica, June 1-5


2009


“Rethinking Community Under Slavery: Obeah, Violence, and Conflict in the Early-Nineteenth Century British Caribbean,” Triangle African American History Colloquium Annual New Perspectives on African-American History and Culture Conference, UNC-Chapel Hill, February 27-28

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, History Department, Xavier University

Africans in the Americas

United States History to 1865

Remembering the Days of Slavery (first-year seminar)

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Colonial America

United States History since 1865

Atlantic Slavery (seminar)

History of the Caribbean

Service to the Profession

Manuscript Reviewer, Atlantic Studies, Caribbean Studies

Co-Organizer, UNC-Chapel Hill & King’s College London Workshop on Transatlantic Historical Approaches, London, England, and Chapel Hill, N.C., 2010

Co-Organizer, Triangle African American History Colloquium New Perspectives on African- American History and Culture Conference, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2001, 2009, 2008

Planning Committee, Triangle African American History Colloquium, 2008-2011

Department Service

Co-organizer, Department Research Colloquium, Xavier University 2015-present

Faculty Advisor, History Club, Xavier University, 2012-2014

Medieval European History Job Search, Xavier University, 2014-15

New Core Curriculum Committee, Xavier University 2014-2015

Asian History Job Search, Xavier University 2013-2014

Medieval History Job Search, Xavier University, 2013

Languages

Spanish (fluent reading, writing, and speaking ability)

Portuguese (advanced reading comprehension; basic oral and written proficiency)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Historical Association

Association of Caribbean Historians

McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Ohio Academy of History

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Phi Beta Kappa

Society for Caribbean Studies

References

Kathleen Brown
Professor of History
University of Pennsylvania
College Hall 306D
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-5281
kabrown@sas.upenn.edu

Vincent Brown
Charles Warren Professor of American History & Professor of African and African American Studies
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-6155
brown8@fas.harvard.edu

Lisa A. Lindsay
Associate Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-2178
lalindsa@email.unc.edu

John Wood Sweet
Associate Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-3945
sweet@unc.edu