Richard B. Allen, Ph.D. - Professor
Richard Allen

BA, Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MA, Anthropology, University of Chicago
MA, History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
PhD, History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

May Hall 307


Dr. Allen, an internationally-known scholar who works on the social and economic history of Mauritius, slavery and indentured labor in the colonial plantation world from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, and slave trading and abolitionism in the Indian Ocean, offers courses in non-western history. He is the recipient of two Fulbright research awards and research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His publications include two monographs – Slaves, Freedmen and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850 (Ohio University Press, 2014) – and numerous articles in prominent scholarly journals including Journal of African History, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Journal of Social History, Journal of World History, Revue française d’histoire d’outre-mer and Slavery and Abolition, contributions to encyclopedias on Africa, empire, slavery and global human migration, and chapters in books published in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. He co-authored the applications that resulted in the Aapravasi Ghat and the Le Morne Cultural Landscape being inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and continues to advise the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund and the Government of Mauritius on historical research and cultural heritage issues, including nominating the nation’s indentured immigration records for inscription on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. Between 2009 and 2011 he was special consultant to the Truth and Justice Commission of Mauritius which investigated the legacy of slavery and indentured labor in the country. He also serves as editor of Ohio University Press’s Indian Ocean Studies series.

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