Stefanie KennedyDr. Stefanie Kennedy

Stefanie Kennedy is a historian of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where her dissertation received the Michael Finlayson Gold Medal for Best Dissertation in the Department of History, 2015. Kennedy’s research and teaching interests include Caribbean History, the Atlantic World,  Disability History, Early North America, Histories of Race and Racism, Legal History, and the historical legacies of slavery today. 

Kennedy’s forthcoming manuscript, Remembered in the Body: Disability and Slavery in England and the Caribbean, 1500-1834 explores the constitutive relationship between disability, anti-black racism, and slavery in the English Atlantic World, from the early stages of colonization to the abolition of slavery in 1834. Her current project, entitled “The Atlantic World Slave Laws Database,” is a digital humanities approach to the study of slave law.

Professor Kennedy teaches undergraduate courses in Caribbean History, Disability History, the Atlantic World, the African Diaspora, histories of slavery, and legal history. Professor Kennedy will be teaching History 2603 in Fall 2017 and History 2604 and 3625 in Winter 2018.

(Above: Dr. Kennedy presenting at The African Night 2017 Gala)


Scholarly Works in Progress

Book Manuscript: “’Remembered in the Body’: Disability and Slavery in England and the Caribbean, 1500-1834.”

Journal Article: “’The Monster is Dying....The Monster is Dead’: Disability Rhetoric and the Challenge of Revolutionary Emancipation.”

Peer Reviewed Articles

Stefanie Kennedy, “‘Let them be young and stoutly set in limbs:’ Race, Labor, and Disability in the British Atlantic World,” Social Identities Special Issue: Disability and Colonialism: (Dis)encounters and Anxious Intersectionalities 21, no. 1 (2015), 37-52.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

Stefanie Kennedy and Melanie J. Newton “The Haunting of Slavery: Colonialism and the Disabled Body in the Caribbean,” in Disability in the Global South: the Critical Handbook, eds. Shaun Grech and Karen Soldatic (New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2016), 379-391. Peer Reviewed.

Book Reviews

Stefanie Kennedy, Review of Andrea Stuart’s Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s History of Slavery and Empire (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013) in World Sugar History Newsletter No 44 (August, 2013).

Stefanie Dawn Kennedy, "Review of Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive by Marisa Fuentes" History: Review of New Books, Vol. 45, Iss. 4 (2017).

A copy of her CV is found here.

Contact Information:

Dr. Stefanie Kennedy

Office: Tilley 115
Phone: (506) 447-3484