Tony Boudreaux

Title: The Archaeology of Chickasaw Peoples from the Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of North Carolina
M.A., University of Alabama
B.A., Mississippi State
Edmond A. Boudreaux III is the Director of the Center for Archaeological Research and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi. His research has focused on architecture, public monuments, corporate groups, and community organization during the late pre-Contact through Contact periods in the southeastern United States.


Robbie Ethridge

Title: Mapping the Shatter Zone: The Colonial Indian Slave Trade and Regional Instability
Abstract: In this presentation, I examine the commercial Indian slave trade that early Europeans brought to the Native South in the seventeenth century as a force of disruption to Native communities. I argue that the Indian slave trade, along with other historical forces, created what I have called a “shatter zone,” or large region of instability that encompassed the present-day southeastern United States and resulted in the collapse of the pre-Columbian Native South, the creation of militarized Indian slavers, and the coalescence of the survivors into altogether new kinds of societies. I highlight the participation in and the consequences of the Indian slave trade for the Chickasaws and Choctaws of the seventeenth century.

Ph.D., University of Georgia
Robbie Ethridge is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi. In addition to editing four anthologies, writing numerous articles and book chapters on the history of Native peoples of the American South, she is the author of Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World, 1796-1816 (2003) and the Mooney Award winning book From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715 (2010). She is best known for her work on the early colonial disruptions in the American South and the resultant shatter zone that transformed the Southern Indians. Her current research continues this examination as she reconstructs the history of the Mississippian world which examines the rise of the pre-colonial Mississippian chiefdoms, the 700-year history of this world, its transformation with European contact, and the restructuring of Native societies that occurred as they became an instrumental part of the colonial South.


Daniel Feller

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Daniel Feller is Professor of History, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, and Editor/Director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. A specialist in the Jacksonian and Civil War eras of American history, Feller is the author of The Public Lands in Jacksonian Politics and The Jacksonian Promise: 1815-1840, and the editor of four volumes of The Papers of Andrew Jackson covering Jackson’s first presidential term. The most recent volume was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Prize by the Society for History in the Federal Government in 2017. Feller was the lead scholar for the PBS biography “Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency” and has appeared often as a historical commentator on television and radio. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and in 2018 received the Distinguished Service Award of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.


David Ikard

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., North Carolina State University
B.A., North Carolina State University
David Ikard is professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of four books, including Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism, Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama’s Post-Racial America (co-authored with Martell Teasley), Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century and Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs (2017). In 2013 Nation of Cowards received the Best Scholarly Book Award from the DIOP organization. His essays have appeared in African American Review, MELUS, Palimpsest, African and Black Diaspora Journal, The Journal of Black Studies, and Obsidian III. In 2015 he received the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund and the McKnight Fellows for his dedication and commitment to mentoring graduate students. He is also a Ford Fellow and a faculty mentor for the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship. 


Nafees M. Khan

Title: Slave Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Abstract: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was the largest forced migration in human history and is critical to understanding the complexity of the history of slavery and indeed the history of the Atlantic world. Further, the issues and legacies of the trade have remained controversial and salient throughout society. Unfortunately, the slave trade often only receives limited coverage in either school curricula or in public memory, inhibiting our understanding of this episode in history. This presentation will engage participants in the historical connections of the slave trade and the African diaspora, including linkages with different African regions from where enslaved captives were taken. Further, it will offer innovative approaches and resources about the slave trade, in particular, utilizing Slave Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database. In addition to providing details on nearly 35,000 transatlantic slave voyages, the site also provides illustrations and timelines as well as a page inviting the public to contribute new data to the project.


Ph.D., Educational Studies, Emory University
B.A., Sociology, History Minor, Tufts University
An Assistant Professor of Social Foundations at Clemson University, Nafees holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Emory University and a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in History from Tufts University. His doctoral work was on how the history of slavery was presented in secondary U.S. and Brazilian history textbooks. He has served as the Curriculum Development Advisor on the Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (www.slavevoyages.org) as well as the Diaspora Liaison/Outreach Coordinator and Project Manager for the African Origins Project (www.african-origins.org). He has led presentations on these digital resources at conferences and workshops for teachers around the country. In addition, he is on the planning and advisory committee of the African Diaspora Consortium (www.adcexchange.org), wherein he is one of the developers of a new Advanced Placement (AP) Seminar course on the African Diaspora with the College Board. His current research interests incorporate the legacies of slavery as related to education and the experiences of Afro-Brazilians, African Americans, and other diaspora communities.


Barbara Krauthamer

Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Washington University, St. Louis
B.A., Dartmouth College
Barbara Krauthamer is Dean of the Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also professor of history. Barbara is the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South. She is co-author, with Dr. Deborah Willis, of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. This book received the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in non-fiction. She co-edited the African American textbook, Major Problems in African American History (2016) with Dr. Chad Williams. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times, the CBS Evening News, CNN, the BBC and many other media outlets. In 2017 she received the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award from the Association of Black Women Historians in recognition of her scholarship and work to create opportunities for black women in higher education. In her role as dean, she has established campus-wide fellowship and mentoring programs to support the recruitment and retention of graduate students from underrepresented groups. As a member of the Provost’s leadership team, she also oversees an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program and the online adult degree completion program.


Greg O’Brien

Title: The Choctaw Nation and Indian Removal

Ph.D., American History, University of Kentucky
M.A., History, James Madison University
B.A., History, Minor Political Science, Randolph-Macon College
Greg O’Brien is department head and professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research interests are in ethnohistory, the Native South, American environmental history (particularly in the South), and the American Revolutionary era. He is the author or editor of five books and numerous articles including The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies, co-edited with Tim Garrison, (University of Nebraska Press, 2017); Pre-Removal Choctaw History: Exploring New Paths (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008); Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830 (University of Nebraska Press, 2002); and A Chronology of Native Americans: The Ultimate Guide to North America’s Indigenous Peoples (Amber Books, 2011). His current research focuses on the New Orleans Flood of 1849 by examining the intersections of politics and the environment.   


Alaina Roberts

Title: Coming to Terms with an Intertwined African American and Native American History and Present

Ph.D., History, Indiana University
B.A., History (with honors), University of California, Santa Barbara
Alaina Roberts is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Roberts’ current work examines African Americans’ and Native Americans’ relationships to land and identity in the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras. Her research has been funded by the Richards Civil War Era Center, the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, and the American Philosophical Society.


Angela Walton-Raji

Title: Old Trails and New Paths in the African-Native Family Narrative
Abstract: This workshop will present part of the personal journey in the exploration of African & Native American family history. Discovery of records reflecting the family from Indian Territory, this workshop will illustrate how this led to an entirely new dimension to the research journey. From documenting Choctaw Freedmen ancestry, to accepting an extended hand from slave holder descendants, this session will share a unique story beginning in today’s Oklahoma back to another origin in Mississippi.


M.A., Education, Antioch University
B.A., Romance Languages, St. Louis University
Angela Walton-Raji is an author, genealogist, and scholar. A founding member of AfriGeneas.com, Angela Walton-Raji specializes in genealogical information for beginners, via daily and weekly online genealogy chats on AfriGeneas. As host of a genealogy podcast and a number of instructional videos, and an expert consultant on video documentaries, Ms. Walton-Raji combines her skills as a genealogist with a warm on-camera personality that brings comfort to her viewers. She is a published author, host of three blogs, in addition to a ten-year ongoing message board, three websites, and The African Roots Podcast.


Learotha Williams

Title: Searching for Peace in the Valley: An Exploration of African Americans’ Transition from Enslaved to Freed Persons in Middle Tennessee

Ph.D., History, Florida State University
Learotha Williams, Jr., PhD. is a scholar of African American, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Public History at Tennessee State University.  At TSU, he teaches courses that explore Civil War and Reconstruction history, African Americans in Public Memory, Black Politicians, Civil Rights, 20th Century Black Intellectuals, African Americans in Tennessee, Slavery and Emancipation in Middle Tennessee. Dr. Williams has worked as a Historic Sites Specialist for the State of Florida, acted as coordinator for the African American Studies Program at Armstrong Atlantic State University, and served as trustee of the Historic Savannah Foundation in Savannah, Georgia.
At TSU, he coordinates the North Nashville Heritage Project, an effort that seeks to encourage a greater understanding of the history of North Nashville, including but not limited to Jefferson Street and its historic relationship to the greater Nashville community.



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