Department of History

Chelsey Smith

  • Graduate Student

Before I began my graduate studies at Pitt in the fall of 2017, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Arkansas with a BA in history. My undergraduate honors thesis centered on the gradual versus immediate abolition debate in early nineteenth century Britain. I examined the nature of this debate and its influence on the eventual abolition of slavery in the British West Indies. I am interested in pre-emancipation societies in the Caribbean, and I am now investigating the impact that colonial law and ameliorative measures had on slave societies in the early nineteenth century British Caribbean.


Latin America
Atlantic History

Research interests:

British and Spanish Caribbean; slavery and abolition; colonial legislation

Advisors: Lara Putnam and Molly Warsh