At the UC Davis History Department (2015)

My name is Devin Leigh, and I am a PhD Candidate and teaching assistant in the History Department at the University of California Davis. Since 2015, I have been working towards a doctorate in History.

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 History, Forced Migration & Refugee Studies, and the History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Broadly speaking, I am interested in the history of the Atlantic World in the early-modern period. I define this period as lasting from the Portuguese explorations of Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1440s to the Latin American revolutions for independence from Spain in the 1820s and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in the 1830s.

More specifically, I research connections between West Africa, Britain, and the West Indies in the eighteenth century. I am interested in such themes as slavery, colonization, ethnicity, race, empire, politics, culture, biography, narrative, and the production of history and ethnography. My dissertation, tentatively called “Conscripting the Other: The Politics of African History in an Age of Abolition, 1760-1807” is about how British writers developed and then deployed their knowledge of Africa and Africans in order to resist the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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

For more about my 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 can be found 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, suggestions, critiques, or comments, please feel free to do so via the “Contact” page. Thank you for reading TZR, and I hope that you enjoy the blog.


Curriculum Vitae: 

CV — Devin Leigh (5-21-2017)

Featured Stories: 

Checkout my “Distinguished Visitors Profile” with the Alma Jordan Library at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad.

Checkout the write-up “Next Stop: Doctorate” on the homepage of the History Department of Loyola University Chicago.

Checkout Loyola University Chicago’s page for news of my 2015 article “Black Caesar’s Klan” being published in the Journal of History Miami Museum.

Checkout historian David Fictim’s Review of my 2015 article called “Between Swamp and Sea: Bahamian Visitors in Southeast Florida before Miami.”

Checkout Western Historical Quarterly’s Recent Articles of 2015 for “Between Swamp and Sea: Bahamian Visitors in Southeast Florida before Miami.”

Online Profiles:


YouTube Channel

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UC Davis Doctoral Profile

Writing Samples: 

For samples of my writing, please browse posts in either the archives section or the home page of The Zamani Reader. You can also send me a message via the Contact page, and I can forward you some samples for consideration. Thanks.