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Stephanie Hassell

Stephanie Hassell

Assistant Professor

Office: Hardin 104

PhD, Stanford University (2014)


Slavery, Indian Ocean World

Professor Hassell was trained in African history at Stanford University, completing minor fields in Indian Ocean history and the African diaspora. Her research explores the intersection of slavery, religion, and empire in the Indian Ocean World. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Renegade Slaves: Religious Conversion, the Inquisition, and the Portuguese Empire in India in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Her work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council. At Clemson she teaches courses on slavery, African history, and the Indian Ocean. She previously taught at Wake Forest University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Inquisition Records from Goa as Sources for the Study of Slavery in the Eastern Domains of the Portuguese Empire,” History in Africa, 42 (2015), 397-418.

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

“Captive Converts: Slavery and Mobility in the Portuguese Empire in the Seventeenth-century Western Indian Ocean,” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 16-18, 2017

“Slavery, Religious Identity, and the Portuguese Imperial Project in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth- century India,” Slavery and Forced Labour in Asia, c. 1250-c. 1900: Continuities and Transformations in Comparative Perspective, 2nd Leiden Slavery Studies Association Biennial ‘Slaving Zones’ Conference, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands, June 1-3, 2017

“Beyond the Numbers: The Slave Trade from East Africa to Portuguese India,” The Iberian Slave Trade: A Global Perspective, Workshop, Brown University, Providence, RI, May 13, 2016

“Territorial Identities in Portuguese India: Slavery and Religious Landscapes in the Sixteenth Century,” Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Annual Meeting, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, March 19-22, 2015

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