At the UC Davis History Department (2015)

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 Atlantic History and minoring in African History, but most of my research falls within the conceptual sub-fields of Caribbean History during the early-modern era (1490s-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. I recently finished working on a year-long project about the perception of African 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 the History Department but also in the African and the Native American Studies Departments. Now I am excited to start working more closely with specialists in my field as I prepare for taking my comprehensive examinations and conducting work on my dissertation. 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, Forced Migration Studies, and the History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Me in 2015
On campus at UC Davis in Davis, California (2015)

For more about my current scholarship and academic interests, please visit my graduate student profile on the UC Davis History Department website. Also, some of the earlier 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 via the “Contact” page. Thank you for reading, and I hope that you enjoy the blog.

Curriculum Vitae: 

CV — Devin Leigh (5-21-2017)

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Checkout the write-up “Next Stop: Doctorate” about myself and some of my fellow graduates on the homepage of the History Department of Loyola University Chicago.

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UC Davis Doctoral Profile

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 page, and I can forward you some samples for consideration. Thanks.