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Dr Shaun R C WallaceBA (Hons), MRes, PhD


Shaun Wallace

Dr Shaun R C WallaceBA (Hons), MRes, PhD


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Shaun is a transatlantic historian, specialising in the eighteenth-and nineteenth-century international slave trade. His PhD was awarded from the University of Stirling (Scotland) in January 2018. The Economic and Social Research Council-funded project examined advertisements for enslaved fugitives and the rebelliousness of enslaved people in the early national US South. A major output of the project was the Fugitive Slave Database (FSdb). This unique database contains over 12,500 advertisements from Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Before joining the history department at the University of Bristol in September 2018, Shaun was a postdoctoral researcher on a multidisciplinary project at the Stirling Management School. As lead historian, he conducted historical research, data collection, and data management (databasing). Shaun has developed an extensive teaching portfolio of American and British history modules at the Universities of Stirling and Dundee.

Shaun is currently working on transforming the FSdb into a publically-accessible source and has a book forthcoming (2021). His most current writing includes contributions to edited collections and journal articles on the themes of slaveholding, enslaved literacy, print culture, and slaveholding women in the early national US South.

Teaching and Supervision

Shaun is unit director on the following units:

  • The American Century
  • Comparative American Slavery
  • Violence and Slavery in the American South
  • Describing Difference: Race, Culture, and Ethnicity

He contributes to the following units:

  • Slavery
  • Researching and Writing History
  • Rethinking History
  • Approaching the Past

He supervises dissertations on the following areas:

  • History of Early National and Antebellum United States
  • History of Slavery
  • Race
  • American Print Culture
  • Enslaved Rebelliousness and Revolt
  • Enslaved Literacy and Education

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