Meet the Department of History's newest faculty members.
]My early research interests in multiracial families in early America led me to study Silas Omohundro, an antebellum slave trader, who had children with a woman he enslaved, Corinna Hinton. After analyzing Omohundro’s account book, I was struck by the ways in which the slave trader relied on women’s labor, both free and coerced, in his business. This led me to my current research interest in the role of women’s domestic, sexual, and reproductive labor in economic development. Read more >>
James Hill received his Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary in 2016 and specializes in Atlantic World, Native American/Indigenous, Caribbean, and Colonial North American history. He has published articles in Early American Studies (Winter 2014) and the Florida Historical Quarterly (Fall 2014) and has held fellowships at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the John Carter Brown Library, the Huntington Library, and the David Library of the American Revolution. Read more >>
Currently, I am the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow on the topic of “Information Ecosystems: Creating Data (and Absence) From the Quantitative to the Digital Age” at the University of Pittsburgh. I research automation technologies with an emphasis on the changing nature of work in several industries, including urban transport, warehouse robotics, and digital microlabor. Read more>>
I grew up in Perm, Russia – an industrial city in the Urals. I received my B.A. from Perm State University and then continued my graduate studies there, earning a candidate of science degree – a Russian equivalent of a Ph.D. I enjoyed being a student so much, I decided to write another dissertation – this time in the United States. After receiving a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University, I taught at the European University at Saint Petersburg – a research university that offers only graduate education. Before coming to Pitt, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Zvi Yaetz School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. Read more>>