Dr Andrea Livesey

Humanities and Social Science

I am a specialist in slavery and its legacies in the US and the UK. After completing my PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2015, I spent two years at the University of Bristol before joining LJMU in September 2018. After significant time spent in Liverpool and Bristol, two cities that were at the heart of Britain's slave economy, I have developed a strong interest in institutions that deal with difficult pasts. I have links to the Universities Studying Slavery network, and have spoken at a UNESCO conference in the US on British Universities and Slavery. I established the LJMU and Slavery Project in 2018 and have worked as academic lead, researching LJMU's history alongside undergraduate and postgraduate students. Some of this research can be found on my website, Liverpoolslavery.com.

I have offered commentary on contemporary racial issues and legacies of slavery to BBC radio, NPR (US), and a various national newspapers.

My forthcoming book with LSU Press is titled 'Between Slavery and Freedom: Interviews on Slavery and Black Culture in 1930s Louisiana'. Funded by the British Academy, the work is a monograph/critical collection of unpublished interviews with formerly enslaved people from Louisiana that were conducted by black and writers employed by the New Deal’s Federal Writers’ Project. This book is part of a two book project, with the second book due for completion in December 2023.

My new project follows on from my PhD project and seeks to understand the intersection of sexual violence and involuntary motherhood under slavery in the Lower US South. I am especially interested in the role of enslaved midwives in helping enslaved women to resist forced reproduction and shape understandings of reproductive justice in the context of the nineteenth century.

I am interested in supervising postgraduates students working in any area of slavery and race in the Atlantic World.


2015, University of Liverpool, UK, PhD

Academic appointments

External Examiner, History, Queen Mary University of London, 2023 - present
Lecturer in the History of Slavery, University of Bristol, 2016 - 2018

Journal article

Livesey A. 2021. Review: Contesting Slave Masculinity in the American South. By David Stefan Doddington. Journal of the Early Republic, 41 :505-507 Publisher Url Public Url

Livesey A. 2021. Learning Slavery at Home: Garçonnières and Adolescent Enslavers in Rural Louisiana 1806–1861 Journal of Global Slavery, 6 :31-54 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Livesey AH. 2020. Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony, 1840–1865 American Nineteenth Century History, 21 :193-194 DOI Publisher Url

Livesey A. 2020. Unrequited toil: a history of United States slavery Slavery & Abolition, 41 :417-418 DOI Publisher Url

Livesey A. 2019. BAME underrepresentation in UK universities: a view from the humanities Innovations in Practice, 13 :11-17 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Livesey A. 2018. Race, Slavery, and the Expression of Sexual Violence in Louisa Picquet, The Octoroon American Nineteenth Century History, 19 :267-288 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Livesey A. 2017. Conceived in violence: enslaved mothers and children born of rape in nineteenth-century Louisiana Slavery and Abolition, 38 :373-391 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Livesey A. Review: Rewriting America: New Essays on the Federal Writers’ Project Western Historical Quarterly, 55 Public Url


Livesey A. Quantitative Histories Doddington D, Dal Lago E. Writing the History of Slavery Bloomsbury. London Publisher Url

Livesey A. WPA Interviews Lockley T, West E. Routledge Encyclopedia of Race and Racism Routledge Public Url