Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

GWENDOLYN MIDLO HALL is Professor emeritus of Caribbean and Latin American history at Rutgers University. Her books and database are Slavebiographies, Co-Principal Investigator with Walter Hawthorne which she now directs, National Endowment for the Humanities, MSU, 2011;  Escravidão e etnias africanas nas Américas: Restaurando os elos, Brazil, 2007; Editor, A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle: The Life of Harry Haywood. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012; Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links (University of North Carolina Press, 2005); Louisiana Slave Database and Louisiana Free Database 1719-1820, in Databases for the Study of Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, Compact Disk Publication (Louisiana State University Press, 2000) and web portal www.ibiblio.org/laslave (2001); ed., Love, War, and the 96th Engineers (colored): The New Guinea Diaries of Captain Hyman Samuelson During World War II (University of Illinois Press, 1995); Africans in Colonial Louisiana: the Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century (Louisiana State University Press, 1992) which received nine book prizes; and Social Control in Slave Plantation Societies: a Comparison of St. Domingue and Cuba (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971) and numerous book chapters, articles and widely circulated book reviews Her awards include Distinguished Service Award, Organization of American Historians (2004); Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters elected by the National Assembly of France (1997); John Simon Guggenheim fellow, 1996.  Her B.A. (1962) and M.A. (1964) are from Mexico City College; Ph. D. in Latin American history (1970) from University of Michigan. She lectures in English, French and Spanish, lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and has completed her memoirs tentatively entitled “Survival: My First 80 Years Fighting for Racial and Gender Equality.”