Dexter Gabriel

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

Faculty Affiliate, Africana Studies Institute

On Leave 2018-19
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.



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. Forthcoming.


Recent Awards

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

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

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