Douglas Chambers is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi. He studies 'Atlantic Africa' in the era of the transatlantic slave trade, with a focus on the Igbo (Ibo) diaspora. His particular interests are in social and cultural history, including questions of creolization. Other interests include comparative slavery, cultural and social history in the early modern Atlantic world, and the colonial Chesapeake. He teaches courses in world history, African history, early African-American history, and the intellectual history of race. Publications include Murder at Montpelier: Igbo Africans in Virginia (2005) and numerous articles and book-chapters. Chambers has been awarded research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Honors include a traditional Igbo chieftaincy, bestowed by the founding royal lineage of Nri, Nigeria, with the title Ife Umunna of Umunri (Obeagu).
Max Grivno is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi. He joined the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 after completing his doctorate at the University of Maryland. While completing his degree, Grivno worked as a historian with both the National Park Service and the Freedmen and Southern Society Project, a documentary-editing project whose work focuses on emancipation and Reconstruction. In 2008, Grivno's doctoral dissertation was named a finalist for the Labor and Working Class History Association's Herbert G. Gutman Dissertation Prize and the winner of both the University of Maryland's Richard T. Farrell Prize and the Southern Historical Association's C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Award. Dr. Grivno's first book, Gleanings of Freedom: Free Labor and Slavery along the Mason-Dixon Line, 1790–1860, was published in 2011 as part of the University of Illinois Press's series The Working Class in American History. Grivno is currently writing From Bondage to Freedom: Slavery in Mississippi, 1690–1865, which is under contract with the University Press of Mississippi as part of its Heritage of Mississippi Series and is researching a third book, tentatively titled Bandits, Klansmen, Rioters, and Strikers: Violence in the Alabama-Mississippi Black Belt,1830–1917.
During his tenure at Southern Mississippi, Grivno has received numerous research fellowships and grants, including the Reed-Fink Award from the Southern Labor History Archives at Georgia State Unity, a Bell Fellowship from the Forest History Center, the J. Carlyle Sitterson Fellowship from the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina, a Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance Fellowship from the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University, a Lynn E. May Study Grant from the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archive, an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship from Virginia Historical Society, and a travel grant from John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African-American History and Culture at Duke University. In 2010, Grivno received the Faculty Senate/University President Junior Faculty Research Award. The following year, he received oane of the University's Lucas Awards for Faculty Excellence. Grivno's teaching interests include the Old South, slavery, labor history, and Mississippi history.
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The Documenting Runaway Slaves research project has received generous support from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the U.S. National Park Service's Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, and The University of Southern Mississippi, including the Department of History, the Center for the Study of the Gulf South, and the College of Arts & Letters.