Dr Nicholas Radburn

Lecturer in the History of the Atlantic World 1500 - 1800


I am a historian of the Atlantic World, with a particular focus on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. My current book project examines slave-trading merchants in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, and shows how their profit-motivated decisions shaped the experiences of the enslaved people who they bought and sold. I am a co-manager of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded project Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, a digital memorial to the 12.5 million Africans who were forcibly transported through the slave trade. I am also developing a digital model of a slave ship, and a database of British slave trading merchants, including several thousand individuals in north-west England.