“That ‘oman took delight in sellin’ slaves”: White Women and the Slave Marketplace

photo of stephanie jones-rogersA graduate of the History M.A. program at Rutgers University-Newark, Stephanie Jones-Rogers is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Jones-Rogers specializes in African-American history, women’s and gender history, and the history of American slavery. She is the author of several articles and essays, the most recent of which was published in the April 2017 issue of Slavery and Abolition. Currently, she is completing the final revisions to her first book manuscript, “Mistresses of the Market: White Women and the Economy of American Slavery,” which is under contract with Yale University Press. This regional study is based on her dissertation, which won the OAH’s 2013 Lerner-Scott Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women's history. It dramatically reshapes our understanding of white women’s economic relationships to slavery and how these women’s economic choices impacted the lives of the enslaved people they owned. With generous support from the NEH, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, she is now working on her second project, which is a comprehensive study of women, American slavery, and the law in the North and South from settlement to emancipation.

Sponsored by Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark, Federated Department of History, Department of African American and African Studies, Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, and The Honors College.