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Anne C. Bailey

Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
African American history, African Diaspora Studies, African History
Office: Library Tower 717

As a social historian in the departments of History and Africana Studies at SUNY Binghamton since 2006, my specialty is history from below - the stories of ordinary people living in extraordinary times.  I am also concerned with the reconciliation of communities after age old conflicts like slavery, war and genocide. My work has been informed by transnational experiences and extended stays in Paris, London, the Caribbean and West Africa. My first monograph, African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame (Beacon Press) reflects that commitment and these interests.

In terms of fields, I am dedicated to the study of AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY (pre 1865), Caribbean History, African History and AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES in general.   My research has centered on the history of SLAVERY and THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE and the impact on Africa and its worldwide Diaspora.   I am particularly interested in bringing voices of the past that have been previously at the margins of historical discourse to the center of inquiry, and as such, often employ the method of ORAL HISTORY. Subfields of interest include:  THE ABOLITION MOVEMENT and THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT in the United States and HISTORY AND MEMORY STUDIES on a comparative level. (Slavery, Holocaust, Rwandan Genocide, Rape of Nanking).

Undergraduate courses

  • African American History to 1865
  • The Making of the African Diaspora
  • Caribbean Migrations
  • Africans and African Americans in Paris
  • Oral Histories of the Black Experience

Current Graduate courses

  • The American Civil Rights and the Anti-Apartheid movements
  • Historiography of African Diaspora Studies
  • Race and Slavery in U.S. History
  • History and Memory


  • African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and Shame (Beacon Press, 2005 and Ian Randle Publishers 2006). Historical monograph on the memories of the slave trade from the perspective of African communities; based on over 40 oral histories of chiefs and other elders with a focus on the major theme of the impact of the slave trade on Africa as well as African resistance to slavery. Cover won the Association of American University Press Award for best cover and book jacket in 2005.  For selective reviews and excerpts in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Nation, Harvard Magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education, [see: Harvard Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education].

“The first history of the Atlantic slave trade culled from the memories of those Africans left behind . . . it will forever alter our understanding of the Middle Passage.” —Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional!

“Bailey brings unheard historical voices to the fore.”  Publishers Weekly

  •  “Breaking the Silence and A Break with the Past: African Oral Histories and the Transformations of the Atlantic Slave trade” in Ato Quayson and David Goldberg, eds. Relocating Post-colonialism , (London: Blackwell Pub. Ltd., 2002)
  • The Sea is History: Exploring the Atlantic. eds. Carmen Birkle and Nicole Waller, contributor of  article: “Learning the Ways.” (Universitäts verlag Winter; Auflage. 2009, Germany)
  • University of West Indies, Mona, Mona Academic Conference publication:  Freedom: Retrospective and Prospective.  Article: "I remember because I am free. "September, 2010. 


Editorial Board Member, Atlantic Studies: Literary, Cultural and Historical Perspectives, journal published by Routledge.

Selected Book reviews:  Lose your Mother: A Journey along the Atlantic Slave Route  (Farrar Straus and Giroux 2007) by Dr.Saidiya Hartman  for  Ms. Magazine and, The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic World (UNC 2013)  by Emily Clark for Women and Social Movements in the United States  1600-2000.


  • Fulbright Teaching and Research Award, University of      West Indies, 2014-15.
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship,      Spelman College , 2005.
  • Fulbright Research Award, African Regional Research      Program, 2003.
  • Harvard University W.E.B Dubois Fellow , 2000 -01.
  • Rutgers University Visiting Fellow, Spring, 1998.
  • Mellon Foundation Fellow, 1995-6.
  • Coro Foundation Fellow, 1986-87.


I am also committed to public history and historical preservation.  In my research, writing and public speaking, I highlight the lives and contributions of enslaved people of African descent in the Americas and around the world including  my March 2013 intervention at the United Nations commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. (at 12 min mark)


The Tavis Smiley Show, PBS stations nationally; Aired the week of August 3rd, 2005;

Tony Brown's Journal , PBS stations nationally; program entitled: "Slavery: America's Main Historical Event." Aired week of April, 22-28 2005 and reaired the week of September 9-15, 2005 and Sept. 2006.


WSKG  News “Conversation about Race and Racism in Today’s World,” February 25, 2014 with Host Crystal Sarakas.

NPR, DayBreak with Anthony McCarthy (WEEA 88.9) on Tuesday Feb. 21, 2005

NPR, News and Notes with Ed Gordon, NPR , April 13, 2005 News & Notes is a new one-hour NPR public affairs program that focuses on news, trends and topical issues of interest and importance to the African-American community. It was broadcast on 86 NPR member stations, including WNYC/New York, WBEZ/Chicago and WHYY/Philadelphia.

Tavis Smiley Radio Show, Public Radio International , Weekend of June 31, 2005.

"Some of Us Are Brave" Live radio show on KPFK ( Pacifica station) with host Charlene Muhammad on February 24, 2005



“Victory over Loss: The Black Experience in History and Memory,” Keynote speech Black History Program.  February 1, 2017

University of West Indies, Department of Government,

“The Ebola Crisis and its impact on African Diaspora Studies,” Fulbright Lecture presentation, November 2014

University of Rhode Island, Black History Presentation

“African American Progress in the 21st Century:  The Case of Education,”Feb, 2014.  

Tufts University “Interracial cooperation in both the Abolition and Civil Rights movements.” February, 2010.

Government of Antigua's Bicentennial Lecture, Invited by the Government of Antigua to present on the legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade, April 2007.

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Last Updated: 4/17/17