Jean Allain is Professor of Law at Monash University. He was formerly Director of the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. His books include Slavery in International Law: Of Human Exploitation and Trafficking (2013), The Legal Understanding of Slavery: From the Historical to the Contemporary (2012) and The Slavery Conventions (2008). He has conducted consultant work for the ILO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Kevin Bales is Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham. His books include Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy; Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves; and Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World. The Association of British Universities has named his work one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries.”
Katie Donington is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on the history, memory and representation of British transatlantic slavery. She completed her PhD with the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership project at UCL then was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Structure and Significance of British Caribbean Slave-Ownership project at UCL. Katie has a long-standing interest in public history and worked in the museum sector for several years.
Hannah Jeffery is completing a PhD in American Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her PhD explores the antislavery usable past in the 1960s as a model for contemporary abolitionism. It shows how muralists and artists used the memory and legacy of radical abolitionists. She has also worked on an AHRC-funded Connected Communities project to create Nottingham’s first black history mural. She has a BA and MRes in American Studies.
Rebecca Nelson is completing a PhD at the University of Hull. Her PhD examines the antislavery usable past within a museum environment, showing how museums engage with contemporary campaigns. Having worked in several museums and heritage institutions, Rebecca is focusing on how their work with memory can contribute to a greater engagement with issues of ‘difficult heritage.’ She has a BA in History from the University of York and an MA in Museum Studies from Newcastle University.
John Oldfield is Wilberforce Professor of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull and Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation. His books include Popular Politics and British Anti-Slavery: The Mobilisation of Public Opinion against the Slave Trade, 1787-1807; Chords of Freedom: Commemoration, Ritual and British Transatlantic Slavery and, most recently, Transatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Revolution: An International History of Anti-Slavery, 1787-1802.
Katarina Schwarz is completing a PhD at the University of Nottingham. Her PhD explores the antislavery usable past within the context of legal claims to reparations for slavery. It analyses the role of reparatory justice within the current legal landscape, and assesses this against the objectives of the contemporary slavery reparations movement. She has a LLB (Hons) First Class and a BA in Theatre Studies and Performing Arts from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Zoe Trodd is Professor of American Studies at University of Nottingham, director of the university’s Rights Lab (a Beacon of Excellence), and co-director of the university’s research priority area in Rights and Justice. She has published books about historic and contemporary slavery, the abolitionists Frederick Douglass and John Brown, and American protest literature. She is a member of the board of Historians Against Slavery.
Mary Wills is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Hull. She works on Britain’s abolitionist mission in the nineteenth century, including its intersections with empire and national identity. Her PhD focused on the Royal Navy and the suppression of the Atlantic slave trade and was funded by the AHRC in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum. She also has degrees from Cambridge University and UCL and worked for several years in the heritage sector before beginning her PhD.
Timo Schrader is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham who joined the Usable Past project in 2017 as an associate, helping to deliver several key project strands. His thesis traces the history of Puerto Rican community activism in New York’s Lower East Side from the 1960s to the 2000s. He has received support for his PhD from the British Association for American Studies, the Economic History Society, and the Royal Historical Society.
International advisory board
- Anti-Slavery International
- Antislavery Literature Project
- Autograph ABP
- Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
- Free the Slaves
- Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University
- Historians Against Slavery
- International Slavery Museum
- The NO Project
- Polaris Project
- Walk Free
- Wilberforce House Museum