Teaching Fellows

Deirdre Lyons

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Deirdre Lyons

Area of Study

Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

Deirdre Lyons

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

Dr. Deirdre Lyons is a historian working on slavery and its afterlives in the Caribbean. Specializing in the French Antilles, her work examines how gender, race, and family shaped slavery, abolition, and emancipation over the course of the nineteenth century. Drawing on two years of archival research in France, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, her current book project analyzes slavery and abolition in the French Antilles. Dr. Lyons received her PhD in History from the University of Chicago, where she continues to teach courses that familiarize students with critical race and gender studies, the history of colonization and decolonization in the Atlantic world, slavery and its afterlives in the Americas, and social theory. She is currently working on her manuscript and preparing an article on enslaved women’s freedom suits in early-nineteenth-century Martinique and Guadeloupe.

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