Dr Nicholas Radburn

Senior 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 (which is under contract with Yale University Press) examines slave-trading merchants in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, and shows how their profit-motivated decisions massively expanded the trade, and powerfully shaped the experiences of enslaved people. I also work on three major digital humanities projects: I am co-editor of the AHRC- and NEH-funded project Slave Voyages, a digital memorial to the 12.5 million Africans who were forcibly transported through the slave trade; principal investigator on the AHRC and NEH funded "Towards a Digital Archive of the Atlantic Slave Trades: Unlocking the Records of the South Sea Company; an co-investigator of the AHRC-funded Legacies of British Slave Traders project. I have also developed digital models of two French slave ships that are used in museums and classrooms around the world.