Ashli White


  • Ph.D., Columbia University (2003)

Office: Rm. 627a Ashe
Phone: (305) 284-5005
Fields of Interest: U.S., Age of Revolutions


Ashli White specializes in early American history, with particular attention to the connections between North America and the larger Atlantic World.  To date, most of her research has concentrated on the political, social, and cultural history of the age of revolutions.  White’s first book, Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), explores the far-reaching impact of the Haitian Revolution on the early United States.  This book won the Gilbert Chinard Prize for 2011 from the Society for French Historical Studies and the Institut Français d’Amérique. 

In her current book-length project, provisionally titled, Object Lessons of the Revolutionary Atlantic, White examines the circulation of objects associated with the American, French, and Haitian revolutions.  She considers how, as revolutionary things traveled from one site in the Atlantic to another, they brought people into contact with revolution in visceral, multiple, and provocative ways.  In support of this work, White has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Omohundro Institute, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Winterthur Museum and Library, and the American Philosophical Society Library, among others.  

White’s interdisciplinary research interests inform her teaching and other academic pursuits at UM.  She offers courses on colonial North America, the American Revolution, the early U.S. republic, comparative slavery, material culture, and the Atlantic world.  Along with Professor Tim Watson (in English), she co-founded UM’s Atlantic Studies Research Group and she is a member of a curatorial team, at work on an exhibition of Caribbean maps (scheduled to open in the spring of 2018).


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