Vincent Brown (historian)

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Vincent Brown
Known forAuthor, documentary filmmaker, essayist, literary critic, professor
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego (BA)
Duke University (PhD)
Academic work
InstitutionsHarvard University

Vincent Brown is Charles Warren Professor of History, Professor of African and African-American Studies, and Director of the History Design Studio at Harvard University.[2] His research, writing, teaching, and other creative endeavors are focused on the political dimensions of cultural practice in the African Diaspora, with a particular emphasis on the early modern Atlantic world.[3][4][5]


A native of Southern California, Vincent Brown was educated at the University of California, San Diego, and received his PhD in History from Duke University, where he also trained in the theory and craft of film and video making. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals, he is Principal Investigator and Curator for the animated thematic map Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760–1761: A Cartographic Narrative (2013), and he was Producer and Director of Research for the television documentary Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness (2009), recipient of the 2009 John E. O'Connor Film Award of the American Historical Association, awarded Best Documentary at both the 2009 Hollywood Black Film Festival and the 2009 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival, and broadcast nationally on season 11 of the PBS series Independent Lens. His first book, The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (2008), was co-winner of the 2009 Merle Curti Award and received the 2009 James A. Rawley Prize and the 2008–09 Louis Gottschalk Prize. Dr. Brown can be seen in the 2013 PBS documentary series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.



  • Tacky's Revolt: The story of an Atlantic slave war. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 2020. ISBN 978-0-674-73757-0. OCLC 1112789265.
  • "Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760–1761: A Cartographic Narrative". AxisMaps.
  • Brown, V. (December 2009). "Social Death and Political Life in the History of Atlantic Slavery: Between Resistance and Oblivion". American Historical Review. 114 (5): 1231–1249. doi:10.1086/ahr.114.5.1231. PMID 20217990.
  • Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness. Vital Pictures.
  • The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery. Cambridge, M.A.: Harvard University Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-674-02422-9.
  • Brown, Vincent (April 2008). "Eating the Dead: Consumption and Regeneration in the History of Sugar". Food and Foodways: History and Culture of Human Nourishment. 16 (2): 117–126. doi:10.1080/07409710802085973. S2CID 144753714.
  • Brown, Vincent (April 2003). "Spiritual Terror and Sacred Authority in Jamaican Slave Society". Slavery & Abolition. 24 (1): 24–53. doi:10.1080/714005263. S2CID 144362132.
  • "Blackness in Diaspora," in Plantation Society in the Americas Vol. VI, Nos 2&3 (Fall 1999): 305–12 (1999)


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  2. ^ Ying Wang (July 14, 2006). "Star NYU History Professor Poached". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Vincent Brown". Harvard University. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Vincent Brown". Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Vincent Brown". Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "James A. Rawley Prize Winners". Organization of American Historians. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Introducing Our Class of 2021". Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. April 5, 2021. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  8. ^ "US$75k Cundill History Prize 2020 finalists announced". Books+Publishing. October 21, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  9. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "Merle Curti Award Winners". Organization of American Historians. Retrieved November 22, 2019.