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 am the international representative on the Universities Studying Slavery Consortium's steering committee, 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 Funded by the British Academy, the work is a monograph/critical collection of unpublished interviews with formerly enslaved people from Louisiana that were conducted by black and writers employed by the New Deal’s Federal Writers’ Project.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 2024.
My new book project with the University of North Carolina Press 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. Associated with this project I am currently leading on two research grants. The first is a British Academy SHAPE Involve and Engage Award, a collaboration with the International Slavery Museum (https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/international-slavery-museum) and Collective Encounters (https://collective-encounters.org.uk/) in a project exploring the use of creative methodologies to engage and include underrepresented voices in museum spaces. The second is a research grant co-led by Clare Maxwell, Reader in Maternal and Infant Health, to work with History and Midwifery students on a set of decolonising interventions into the midwifery curriculum.
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
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MA Atlantic History
External Examiner, History, Queen Mary University of London, 2023 - present
International Representative, Universities Studying Slavery Steering Committee, University of Virginia, 2023 - present
Lecturer in the History of Slavery, University of Bristol, 2016 - 2018
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
Research Grants Awarded:
British Academy, From Slavery to Roe vs Wade: Using Theatre to Explore Black Diasporic Understandings of Reproductive Health and Justice, International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool; Collective Encounters, Liverpool, Grant value (£): 8000, Duration of research project: one year. 2023
British Academy, More than black and white: interviews with the formerly enslaved in New Deal era Louisiana, Grant value (£): 8800, Duration of research project: two years.
BBC Radio Merseyside, Debate on Removal of Statues
BBC Radio Ulster, commentary Kanye West's views on slavery
Collective Encounters, Annette Burghes.
National Museums Liverpool, International Slavery Museum.
Universities Studying Slavery Consortium Steering Committee, University of Virginia, International Representative.