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Dr Andrea H LiveseyPhD(Liv), MA, BA (Hons) (Liv)

Lecturer in History

Andrea Livesey

Dr Andrea H LiveseyPhD(Liv), MA, BA (Hons) (Liv)

Lecturer in History

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Research interests

My research interests centre on slavery, race, and sexual violence in the United States.  I am interested in how sexually violent cultures of various scales are formed, and especially the cultural education of the abusive contingent of these societies or networks.  My work speaks strongly to racialised attitudes in the Unites States until the mid-twentieth century through my research on the employment of black writers in Federal Arts Projects in the 1930s, and the legacies of institutionalised sexual violence in black communities.

I am currently preparing two books for publication: the first is a study of the Louisiana Writers' Project and their interviews with the formerly enslaved in the 1930s, a project funded by the British Academy.  The second is a monograph on slavery and sexual violence in the Lower South, where I argue that sexual violence under slavery has been underestimated in previous quantiative studies of slavery, and I reflect on white ideologies that lay behind sexual violence perpetrated on a cultural level.   

My article 'Conceived in Violence: Enslaved Mothers and Children Born of Rape in Nineteenth Century Louisiana', was published in Slavery and Abolition in June 2017.

I am on the committee for British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH), I am communications officer for the Black Humanities Research Centre, and I am a fellow of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (University of Liverpool).  I have recently become involved in the Universities Studying Slavery consortium based at the University of Virginia.         

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  • Centre for Black Humanities

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