Marisa J. Fuentes

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Marisa J. Fuentes

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Marisa J. Fuentes is the Presidential Term Chair in African American History and an associate professor of women's and gender studies and history at Rutgers University. Her first book, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive (2016), won book prizes from the Caribbean Studies Association, the Association of Black Women Historians, and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. She is a coeditor of Scarlet and Black: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History, Volume I (2016), and "Slavery and the Archive," a special issue of History of the Present (November 2016). Fuentes's research has been funded by several institutions, including the Ford Foundation, Harvard University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her next project focuses on the seventeenth-century slave trade, capitalism, and captive disposability.


  • Gender and Slavery in the Caribbean
  • Historical Methodology, Ethics, and the Archives of Slavery
  • Urban Slavery
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Disposable Lives