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Christy Clark-Pujara

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Christy Clark-Pujara is a historian whose research includes northern slavery, emancipation and black freedom prior to 1865. Her dissertation titled “Slavery, emancipation and black freedom in Rhode Island, 1652–1842” argues that the institution of slavery, the process of emancipation and the experience of black freedom in the North was fundamentally shaped by the business of slavery—those businesses that directly supported slaveholding in the Americas—such as the Atlantic slave trade and the West Indian trade. Clark-Pujara's teaching interests include African American History 1619 to 1865, specifically the construction of race, the origins and systems of slavery and gendered experiences.


  • Ph.D. 2009, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • M.A. 2003, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • B.A. 2001, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN


  • “Slavery in Rhode Island,” New England Ancestors Magazine, Holiday 08 Issue vol. 9 no. 5–6.

  • “The Business of Slavery and Anti-Slavery Sentiment: The Case of Rowland Gibson Hazard—An Antislavery ‘Negro Cloth’ Dealer," Rhode Island History 71:2 (Summer/Fall 2013)