Dexter Gabriel

Ph.D., Stony Brook University, New York
Dexter Gabriel, History Department, University of ConnecticutAssistant Professor

Faculty Affiliate, Africana Studies Institute

Office Hours Spring 2022: by appointment
Office: Wood Hall, Rm 233
Fax: (860) 486-0641


Areas of Specialty
Black Atlantic, Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation, and Slavery in Popular Culture


Current Research Interests
Abolitionist Strategies, Post-Emancipation Societies


Dr. Dexter Gabriel earned his B.A. in history from Texas State University-San Marcos, an M.A. in history also from Texas State University-San Marcos, and his Ph.D. in history from Stony Brook University-New York. His research interests include the history of bondage, resistance, and freedom in the Black Atlantic, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to slavery within popular culture and media. His current research explores British Emancipation in the Anglo-Caribbean and its impact on abolitionist strategies in nineteenth-century North America. His work has been translated into the social arena through panel discussions, lectures, articles, and interviews as diverse as the Federal Reserve Bank of Virginia to Voice of America, BBC America, and elsewhere.

He is jointly-appointed faculty with the Africana Studies Institute.



“Without Regard to Colour:” Visions of Freedom in the Report of Messrs. Peck and Price and the British Emigration Scheme, 1838-1840 in Ousmane Power-Greene and Ronald Johnson, eds.  In Search of Liberty (forthcoming).

Gabriel, Dexter, “Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino and the History of the Southern” in Rudyard Alcocer and Kristen Block, eds. Celluloid Chains: Slavery in the Americas Through Film. Tennessee Press, 2018.

“Translating Trump Through A Brief History of Black America.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 21, no. 5 (December 2017): 507-511.


Recent Awards

University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Fellowship (2018-2019)

Benjamin F. Stevens Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society (2018)

Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society (2017)

Fred Weinstein Award for Best Dissertation Chapter in History at Stony Brook University- State University of New York (2016)

Frederick Douglass Institute Scholars Fellowship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2015-2016)

Mellon Scholars Program in African American History Short Term Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia (2015)