OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Malick W. Ghachem

Portrait of Malick W. Ghachem

A historian and a lawyer, Malick W. Ghachem is an associate professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a senior scholar at the University of Maine School of Law. He studies the history of colonial slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, with a focus on Haiti (Saint-Domingue). He is the author of The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution (2012), which received awards from the American Historical Association and Caribbean Studies Association. A member of the Massachusetts and New York bars, he has written widely on topics in American legal and constitutional history. He is currently completing a book entitled "'In the Name of the Colony': The Revolt against the Indies Company in Haiti, 1720–1725," which tells the story of the rise of the Haiti's large-scale sugar plantation economy through the lens of a creole rebellion against the French Indies Company. A microhistory of a short but consequential period of Haitian history, this book seeks to understand one of the major economic transformations of Haiti’s past from the shifting perspectives of white colonists (including women rebels), administrators, Jesuit missionaries, and slaves.

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