Short Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Georgia State University. I recently received my Ph.D. from the Department of History at Duke University. Prior to attending Duke I completed my undergraduate degree the University of Toronto with a major in History and Caribbean Studies and I completed a Master’s in History at York University (Canada). I was at Duke as a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar and a doctoral fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
My research focuses on the early independence period in Haiti and seeks to understand the diverse relationships that state leaders in Haiti held with the international community—the British Empire in particular. This research builds on my previous work on state-formation and nationalism in Haiti, now published in the Journal of Social History in 2007 as “Complexities of Imagining Haiti: A Study of National Constitutions, 1801-1807,” and on my study of diplomatic and economic negotiations between leaders in Haiti and the governor of Jamaica, now published in the William and Mary Quarterly in 2012 as “Haiti and Jamaica in the Remaking of the Early Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World.” My book, Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution was recently published by UNC Press.

Julia Gaffield, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Georgia State University
25 Park Place
Suite 2139
Atlanta, GA 30303