Mellon Fellows, 2018-2019

The Center for the Americas Andrew W. Postdoctoral Fellow for 2018-2019 is:

Andrew Walker is a specialist of the Spanish-, French-, and Kreyòl-speaking Caribbean. His teaching and research highlight the experiences of Afro-descended peoples from these different Caribbean spaces within the shifting landscapes of empire, slavery, emancipation, and state formation in the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution.

In particular, Walker’s work interrogates the reach of Haitian antislavery in the early nineteenth-century Caribbean, a period marked by successful reenslavement schemes, a burgeoning illegal trade in African captives, and the rise of “second slavery.” His dissertation, entitled “Strains of Unity,” explores the relationship between the abolition of slavery and the formation of the Haitian state in Santo Domingo (today the Dominican Republic) during the 1822-1844 Unification of Hispaniola. His second project studies the admiralty court of independent Haiti and its role in the active suppression of the Atlantic trade in African captives. Andrew’s research in Dominican, Haitian, Spanish, French, British, and U.S. archives has been supported by the Fulbright Association, the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, and the Race, Law, and History Program at the University of Michigan Law School. Walker has a PhD in History from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in French Studies and History from Duke University.