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David Doddington

Dr David Doddington

Lecturer in North American History

Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

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Research interests

David Doddington is Lecturer in North American History at Cardiff University, and received his PhD from the University of Warwick in February 2013. Prior to his arrival at Cardiff in 2014, he held teaching and research positions at the University of Warwick, the University of Leicester, and the University of York. David has been awarded research awards from the British Association of American Studies, the Eccles Centre at the British Library, British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH). His research interests centre on slavery, race, and gender in the antebellum South, with a particular interest in examining resistance and solidarity within slave communities. He has publications in journals such as Gender & History, and in edited collections, including Paul Lovejoy and Vanessa Oliviera (Eds), Slavery, Memory and Citizenship (New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2016). He is working on a book entitled Contesting Slave Masculinity in the American South, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press, as well as a book entitled Writing the History of Slavery, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2019.

David has broader interests in the history of U.S. expansion during the nineteenth century, noting the conflict and violence that marked such expansion, as well as wider issues associated with migration, movement, and colonisation. He welcomes enquiries over teaching and supervision on slavery, gender, and race in American history.

Impact and engagement

External activity:

03/2017 - PhD Masterclass on Slavery in the Americas, Leiden University. Organized by the N.W. Posthumus Institute, Research School for Economic and Social History in the Netherlands and Flanders.

10/2015 - 'Secession and the U.S. Civil War', Lecture delivered to KS5 Students of Fitzalan High School, Cardiff

'A "Promissory Note": The U.S. Constitution and the legacy of slavery',Race in the Americas: Legacy of Martin Luther King: 'I have a dream' 50 Years On, http://www.raceintheamericas.com/home/rita-events-and-projects/the-legacy-of-martin-luther-king-i-have-a-dream-fifty-years-on/a-promissory-note-the-us-constitution-and-the-legacy-of-slavery

'Slavery and dogs in the antebellum South', Sniffing the Past,February 23, 2013, http://sniffingthepast.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/slavery-and-dogs-in-the-antebellum-south/. See more in Henry Gates Jr., Did Dogs Really Eat Slaves, Like in 'Django'? 

03/2010 - The Westwood School: Technology College, Coventry: Workshop and lecture series, 'Race, gender and sexuality in North America', part of the University of Warwick's Centre for the History of Medicine Sexual Health Awareness Week community outreach project.






  • Doddington, D. 2019. Slavery and the family. In: Burnard, T. ed. Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. -.









Book sections




Research projects

"Are you men?" Contested Manhood in Slave Communities of the United States, 1800-1865 (Under contract with Cambridge University Press)

This monograph demonstrates that masculine identity was a site of contest and comparison within slave communities of the antebellum South. In exploring how enslaved people negotiated identities in relation to one another, and not simply with white society in mind, I help to demonstrate the fluidity of gender as a social and cultural construct and the limitations to any monolithic model of black solidarity.

Writing the History of Slavery (Under contract with Bloomsbury Academic Press)

Writing the History of Slavery explores major historiographical, theoretical, and methodological approaches that have shaped studies on slavery, highlighting the varied ways historians have approached the fluid and complex systems of human bondage, domination, and exploitation that have developed in societies across the world.

"Old Fellows":  Age, Identity, and the Antebellum Slave Community 

In this project I will explore how enslaved men experienced "old age" in bondage, examining how ideas on physical and/or mental decline impacted upon their sense of self, their relationships with others in their communities, and their responses to slavery. The past few decades have seen a significant amount of work on enslaved manhood, demonstrating that enslaved men fought against the emasculating effects of slavery with public performances of power, authority, self-reliance, and assistances to others. Yet such depictions often represent manhood and men's responses to slavery as static; as enslaved men grew older, though, the performances expected of them and the possibilities afforded them shifted - both from within the slave community but also from outside - and this affected how enslaved men perceived of themselves and others. This project will, therefore, explore how enslaved men dealt with the process and pressures of ageing while enslaved.

This project will make an important impact in terms of: (i) furthering our understanding of the diverse identities forged in enslavement, the dynamic relations that marked slave communities and the tense negotiations between individuals ostensibly united by oppression; (ii) challenging monolithic depictions of black masculinity and allowing for a more nuanced treatment of gender as a social and cultural construct; (iii) showing how experiences of slavery, including abstract notions like "resistance", "accommodation", and "agency" were interpreted, negotiated, and shaped by reference to age and identity.


  • HS1760 – "An Empire for Liberty": Race, Space, and Power in the United States, 1775-1898
  • HS1890 – Slavery and Slave Life in North America, 1619-1865
  • HS1801 – Dissertation Convenor
  • HS1701 – Approaches to History
  • HS1107 – History in Practice
  • HS1105 – Making of the Modern World
  • Bywgraffiad

     Education and qualifications

    2005-2008 – BA (Hons), First Class, History, the University of Warwick

    2008-2009 – MA in the History of Race in the Americas, the University of Warwick

    2009-2013 – PhD in History, the University of Warwick

    Career overview

    2009 – 2013 – Seminar Tutor, the University of Warwick

    2012-2013 – Lecturer in U.S. History (fixed term), the University of Leicester

    2012-2013 – Early Career Fellow, the Institute of Advanced Studies, the University of Warwick

    2013-2014 – Lecturer in U.S. History (fixed term), the University of York

    Anrhydeddau a dyfarniadau

    12/2013 – Centre for the Americas at York, Award for a conference entitled, Representing and Remembering Slavery in the Americas

    05/2013 – Travel Award, Humanities Research Centre and the Institute of Advanced Study, the University of Warwick

    02/2013 – Warwick Transatlantic Fellowship, Humanities Research Centre - Declined.

    08/2011 – Conference Bursary, Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York University Toronto

    06/2011 - The Eccles Centre Postgraduate Award in North American Studies at the British Library: awarded for the best proposal in research at the British Library, Eccles Centre.

    02/2011 – The University of Warwick American Study and Student Exchange Committee Travel Award.

    09/2010 - Peter J. Parish Memorial Award – British American Nineteenth Century Historians.

    2009/2012 - The Richard and Anne Crossman Award for doctoral research, the University of Warwick.

    Aelodaethau proffesiynol

    • British Association for American Studies (BAAS).
    • The Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH).
    • The Southern Historical Association (SHA).
    • Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW).
    • Reviewer, Oxford University Press
    • Book reviews for journals, including Nineteenth Century American History
    • Contributor to AQA A Level History Textbook, The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865-1975

    Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

    • Adolygiadau llyfr solicited ac adolygiadau cymheiriaid o lawysgrifau llyfrau ac erthyglau, gan gynnwys: American Historical Review, Family History, Journal of the Civil War Era, Black Perspectives, Slavery & Abolition, Journal of Southern History, William & Mary Quarterly, Nineteenth Century American History, Gender & History, Journal of Global Slavery, Journal of the Early Republic, Reviews in History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Social History, Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol, Gwasg Prifysgol Rhydychen, Louisiana State University Press, De Gruyter.
    • Bwrdd Cynghori ar gyfer Gwyddoniadur Ar-lein Routledge o hil a hiliaeth.
    • Bwrdd golygyddol, Journal of Global Slavery.
    • Aseswr allanol ar gyfer cymrodoriaeth ECR Ceisiadau i Golegau Prifysgol Caergrawnt: Churchill, Fitzwilliam, Murray Edwards, Robinson, Trinity Hall.
    • Aseswr a safonwr ar gyfer Cynllun DTP AHRC.
    • Pwyllgor Gwobrau ar gyfer Gwobr Myfyrwyr BAAS.

    Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

    Rwy'n croesawu ymholiadau ynghylch addysgu a goruchwylio caethwasiaeth, rhyw, oedran a hil yn hanes America.