I am a fourth-year PhD student in African History at Michigan State University. My research interests include slavery, maritime commerce, gender and identity formation, and the Atlantic World. I am currently working on my dissertation, Human Trafficking in the Age of Abolition: Southeastern Nigeria & Cuba in the Nineteenth Century, and will begin final research for this project in Nigeria during the spring of 2014. I have also worked extensively with archival evidence in Seville, Madrid, and Havana. Other projects I am working on include an online survey course, titled The Atlantic World, and The British South Africa Company Cablegrams Project, an online collection of primary sources from the late-nineteenth century. I received my B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011.