Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of American Studies
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Sophie White is Associate Professor of American Studies, Concurrent Associate Professor in the Departments of Africana Studies, History, and Gender Studies, and Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
She is an historian of early America with an interdisciplinary focus on cultural encounters between Europeans, Africans and Native Americans, and a commitment to Atlantic and global research perspectives. In addition to thirteen articles and essays, in journals such as The William and Mary Quarterly, Gender and History and The Winterthur Portfolio, her first book, Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians: Material Culture and Race in Colonial Louisiana was published with the University of Pennsylvania Press/McNeil Series in Early American Studies in 2012.
Her current monograph, “Intimate Voices of the African Diaspora: Narrating Slavery in French Louisiana” (under contract, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture/University of North Carolina Press) foregrounds an exceptional set of source material about slavery in French America: court cases in which enslaved individuals testified and in the process produced riveting autobiographical narratives (for more click here). With Trevor Burnard, she is co-editing a volume on slave testimony in French and British America 1750-1848 (under contract, Routledge) and she is preparing a primary source reader, Hearing Slaves Speak in Colonial America: An Edition and Translation of Voices of the Voiceless.
Among other grants and awards, White was a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for each book project.