Faculty - Harvey Amani Whitfield

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Harvey Amani Whitfield, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. Dalhousie University 2003
  • C.V.
Area of expertise

African North American

Contact Information
Email: Harvey Amani Whitfield

Phone: (802) 656-3180

Office Hours, Location and Class Schedule

Harvey Amani Whitfield is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont. His areas of research expertise are African Canadian and African American history. Specifically, he focuses on the black population in both Atlantic Canada and New England. Whitfield’s research explores African American migration, voluntary and involuntary, to the Canadian Maritimes. In 2006, he published Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860. He is the author of two scholarly monographs, a textbook, a short book, many peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, and several encyclopedia entries. His most recent contributions are The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810 (Vermont Historical Society, 2014) and North to Bondage: Loyalist Slavery in the Maritimes, (University of British Columbia Press, 2016).  His current project is a book chapter entitled, “Runaway Advertisements and Social Disorder in the Maritimes: A Preliminary Study.”  This work explores how in the Canadian Maritimes after the American Revolution, the labels of “free,” “servant,” or “slave” were not static and could quickly change through running away or re-enslavement.  The line between black servants and black slaves was extremely fluid and could easily be transgressed, crossed, and manipulated.  Whitfield has presented over 40 academic papers at various conferences including the Canadian Historical Association, American Historical Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, American Studies Association, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, New England Historical Association, and York University’s Harriet Tubman Centre. Aside from his academic pursuits, Whitfield enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter. He also enjoys exercising and attending church.

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