Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Laura Rosanne Adderley

Associate Professor - History

Contact Info


  • B.A., Yale University, History, 1989
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, History, 1990
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, History, 1996

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University 2009-
  • Associate Professor, Vanderbilt, 2007-2008
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2002-2007
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1996-2002
  • Visiting Assistant Professor/Woodson Fellow, University of Virginia, 2000

Research & Teaching Specializations: Caribbean; Formation of African Diaspora Culture; Atlantic Slave Trade

Related Experience

  • Annual Meeting Program Chair, Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association, 2008
  • Co-Editor of H-Caribbean, 2001-2008
  • Member, Board of Directors, Amistad Research Center, 2004-
  • Outside consultant for Ford Foundation Grant Initiative, 2000-2001
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Tulane University, 2004-2007


  • Wesley-Logan Book Prize for New Negroes from Africa, American Historical Association, 2007
  • Woodson Fellowship, University of Virginia, 1999-2000
  • NEH/VFH Summer Institute for College Teachers, 1998
  • Mendenhall Fellowship, Smith College, 1995-1996
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1993-1994


  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese

Selected Publications

  • 2006. New Negroes from Africa: Culture and Community Among Free African Immigrants in the Nineteenth-Century Caribbean. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • 2002. ‘“African Americans’ and ‘Creole Negroes’ : Black Migration and Colonial Interpretations of ‘Negro’ Diversity in Nineteenth-Century Trinidad.” In Marginal Migrations: The Circulation of Cultures within the Caribbean. Shalini Puri, ed. London: Macmillan Education/Warwick University Caribbean Studies Series.
  • 2000. “Repatriation projects among free African communities in the 19th-century Caribbean.” Revista Mexico del Caribe. 5 (9): 140-162.
  • 1999. “‘A most useful and valuable people?’ Cultural, Moral and Practical Dilemmas in the Use of Liberated African Labour in the Nineteenth-century Caribbean.” Slavery and Abolition. 20 (1): 59-80.
  • 1997. “Orisha Worship and ‘Jesus Time’: Rethinking African Religious Conversion in the Nineteenth-century Caribbean.” Pennsylvania History. 64 (Special Issue): 183-206.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: HISL-1720: Introduction to Caribbean History, HISL-2912: Caribbean History, HISL-4200: African-Derived Religions in the Americas

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3





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Upcoming Events

Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.