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Room: NW 810
Phone: 0121 204 3712


Joseph joined Aston as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Modern History at the beginning of the 2018/19 academic year. Before this, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and a Lecturer in History at Yale University. He also served as a Perkins Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University, affiliated with the Princeton Humanities Council and the Center for Digital Humanities. Prior to his arrival in the UK, he designed and taught courses on digital and transnational history at a number of universities in the United States.

Research Interests

Joseph’s main fields of interest are slavery and abolition, with a special focus on America, West Africa, and the wider world during the nineteenth century. Other areas of interest include political and social movements, missionaries and religion, capitalism and globalisation, and transnational histories of the United States. He is also interested in digital scholarship and has developed several public projects, most recently Princeton & Slavery. More information can be found on his blog.

Currently, Joseph is completing a book about the Mendi Mission and the role of Africa in the American abolition of slavery. Established in the wake of the Amistad revolt, the mission was a transatlantic extension of the Underground Railroad and a key site of action and imagination in the global contest over chattel slavery. He is also developing new digital projects, including an interactive, comparative database of runaway advertisements and projects using virtual reality to research, communicate, and teach about the past.

He invites students, members of the media and the public to contact him about any of these topics.

Administrative Roles

Digital Humanities Research Group

Decolonising the Curriculum Working Group

Placements Director for History

Teaching Activity

LQ1005 Making Histories I: Methods, Theories, Controversies

LQ2008 Making Histories II: Oral and Digital Methods

LQ2010 The Atlantic World: Slavery and Emancipation

LQ3001 Research Dissertation

LQ3006 Teaching History in the 21st Century

Research Projects/Collaborations

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, Aston University

PhD, Yale University

External positions

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow


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