My name is Devin Leigh, and I am a PhD student and teacher’s assistant in the History Department at the University of California, Davis. I am currently working towards my doctorate in the five-year program. I am officially majoring in American History and minoring in African History, but most of my research falls within the conceptual sub-fields of Atlantic History and the history of the Americas during the colonial or the early-modern period (1492-1830). In the past, I have also been interested in the history of Miami and Southeastern Florida as a borderland between the United States and the Caribbean. Recently, I finished working on a year-long research project about the perception of slave ethnicity among white colonists in eighteenth-century Jamaica.
During my first two years at UC Davis, I took courses with a wide variety of professors, mostly in History but also in African and Native American Studies. Now, I am excited to start working more closely with specialists in my field as I study for my comprehensive examinations and conduct work on my dissertation project. Before coming to Davis, I obtained a master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, where I specialized in American and Atlantic History. Before Loyola, I obtained a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, Chicago, where I focused on African-American History, African History, and the History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
For more on my current scholarship and academic interests, please visit my graduate student profile on the UC Davis History Department website. Also, some of the early writings that have appeared on this blog were also posted on The Lakefront Historian, the Public History blog of the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) at Loyola University Chicago. If you are interested in contacting me with any questions, critiques, or comments, please feel free to do so through the “Contact the Author” page.
Thank you for reading, and I hope that you enjoy my blog.
Checkout the write-up “Next Stop: Doctorate” about me and some of my fellow graduates on the homepage of the History Department of Loyola University Chicago.
Writing Samples: (selected)
For samples of my writing, please browse posts in either the archives section or the home page of The Zamani Reader, or you can send me a message via the Contact the Author page, and I can forward you some samples for consideration. Thanks.