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Julia Gaffield

Associate Professor

Julia Gaffield is a historian of the early-modern Atlantic World. She completed her Ph.D. in the Department of History at Duke University in 2012. Her research focuses on the early independence period in Haiti and seeks to understand the connections between Haiti and other Atlantic colonies, countries, and empires in the early 19th century.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Gaffield’s website exploring Haitian Independence



  • Julia Gaffield, Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015).
  • Julia Gaffield, editor, The Haitian Declaration of Independence (Charlottesville, VA: The University of Virginia Press, 2016).


Articles and Chapters

  • “‘Outrages on the laws of nations’: American Merchants and Diplomacy after the Haitian Declaration of Independence,” in The Haitian Declaration of Independence, Julia Gaffield, ed. (Charlottesville, VA: The University of Virginia Press, 2016).
  • “Haiti and Jamaica in the re-making of the early nineteenth century Atlantic World,” William and Mary Quarterly, (July 2012) 69(3): 583-614.