Sean M. Kelley

Areas of Interest
Slavery, the Slave Trade, and the African Diaspora
U.S. History Pre-1865
Atlantic History

B.A. San Francisco State University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Gone to Affrica: A Rhode Island Slave Ship and the Making of a Diaspora (in progress).

Los Brazos de Dios: A Plantation Society in the Texas Borderlands, 1821-1865, Louisiana State University Press, 2010.

Recent Articles:

"The Dirty Business of Panyarring and Palaver: Slave Trading on the Upper Guinea Coast in the Eighteenth Century," in Slavery, Abolition and the Transition to Colonialism in Sierra Leone, eds. Paul E. Lovejoy and Suzanne Schwarz (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2014), 85-104.

"Scrambling for Slaves: Captive Sales in Colonial South Carolina," Slavery and Abolition, March 2013. 

"Slavery and the Texas Border," in Pekka Hämäläinen and Benjamin Johnson, eds., Major Problems in the History of North American Borderlands (2011), pp. 321-29. Reprint of "Mexico in His Head," Journal of Social History (2004). 

 “Blackbirders and Bozales: The Illegal Slave Trade to Texas in the 1830s,” Civil War History, December 2008.

“A Texas Peasantry?: Black Smallholders in the Texas Sugar Bowl,” Slavery and Abolition, August 2007.


Selected Courses

  • North American Slavery
  • Free and Unfree Labor
  • Colonial America
  • Revolutionary America
  • Jacksonian America
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Baseball in American History
  • American Political History
  • Historical Methods

Contact Information
Department of History
Hartwick College
Golisano Hall
Oneonta, New York 13820
Phone:  607-431-4584
Fax:  607-431-4351