Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

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

Languages: Spanish; French; Portuguese

Recent 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






All Events

Upcoming Events

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or