Michael Dickinson

Michael L. Dickinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

811 S. Cathedral Place, room 205

African American history

Colonial America

early republic America

comparative slavery

black atlantic history


  • Ph.D. American History, University of Delaware 2017
  • M.A. American History, University of Delaware, 2013

Research Interests

Dickinson's research interests include comparative slavery, the Atlantic slave trade and early African American history.

Select Publications

  • "Almost Dead: Slavery and Social Rebirth in the Black Urban Atlantic, 1680-1807," University of Georgia Press.
  • “The Propaganda of History: African American Responses to Confederate Memorials in the Jim Crow Era” in After the Monuments Fall: the Removal of Confederate Monuments in the American South, edited by Bryan Clark Green. Louisiana State University Press, Under contract.
  • Black Realities and White Statues: The Fall of Confederate Monuments,” Black Perspectives, African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), June 2020.


  • The Association for African American Life & History
  • American Historical Association
  • Caribbean Studies Association
  • National Council for Black Studies
  • African American Intellectual History Society


  • HIST 103: American History I Seminar 
  • HIST 361-2/AFAM 361-2: Americans from Africa I & 2 
  • HIST 391/AFAM491: Revolutionary Black Thought 
  • HIST 490: American Slavery 
  • HIST 627: Readings in African American History 


  • Paul E. Lovejoy book prize for "Amost Dead," 2023
  • HistoryMakers' 2023-2024 Innovations in Pedogogy and Teaching fellowship
  • Residential Fellowship, VCU Humanities Research Center, Spring 2022
  • Workshop fellow, John Carter Brown Library (Brown University), Fall 2020
  • Barra Sabbatical Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2019-2020
  • SITPA Fellow, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences, Duke University, 2018
  • Research Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia, 2016

Public Speaking/Interviews

  • CNN, The Situation Room, June 2020
  • The Dogwood (Richmond, VA), June 2020
  • The Sydney Morning Herald, July 2020
  • Vox News, July 2020
  • The Globe Post, July 2020
  • NPR, September 2021