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About Mary Niall Mitchell

Mary Niall Mitchell is the author of Raising Freedom's Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future After Slavery (NYU Press, 2008), as well as articles and reviews on race, slavery, and emancipation in the U.S. South and the Americas. She teaches courses on the South, slavery and emancipation, cultural history, and historical methods. She has two writing projects underway. The first, titled White Face, tells the story of a formerly enslaved child whose image was preserved in a daguerreotype, but left unidentified for more than a century. The book examines the child’s place within archives, memory, and the documents that sustain them. The second, Madame Couvent’s Legacy is a study of Creoles of color and historical memory in the early twentieth century. She is also one of three lead historians on Freedom on the Move (, a multi-university project compiling thousands of runaway slave advertisements from North America. Mitchell is also co-Director of the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at the University of New Orleans. In 2011, Dr. Mitchell was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at the Universität Innsbruck, where she taught courses on slavery and historical methods to Austrian students. She has also received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the American Studies Association, the American Historical Association, the History of Education Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.


Present Associate Professor, University of New Orleans
Present Interim Ethel & Herman Midlo Chair in New Orleans Studies, University of New Orleans
Present Joseph Tregle Professor in Early American History, University of New Orleans

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