R. Isabela Morales
Fields of Study: United States (1789-1920), African American history (1619-present), Slavery and Emancipation in the Atlantic World
I am an historian of the 19th c. United States with specializations in the American West and African American history, as well as a broad interest in public history. I completed a B.A. (summa cum laude) in History and American Studies from the University of Alabama, and an M.A. in History from Princeton University.
My dissertation project is a social history of race and family in the American West. It examines the "landscape of race" in the postemancipation period — comparing the character of race relations between the West and the South, and across the West. My primary interests are African American community building, intra-racial class stratification, and the ways that class, color, and region affected ordinary men and women's opportunities for economic and social mobility in the second half of the 19th century.