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 teaches African, Indian, and Middle Eastern history. He is an internationally-known scholar who works on the social and economic history of Mauritius between the early 18th and early 20th centuries, slavery and indentured labor in the colonial plantation world during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and slave trading in the Indian Ocean from 1500 to ca. 1850. 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, forthcoming 2014) – as well as 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, Slavery and Abolition and Revue française d’histoire d’outre-mer, 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 which led to the creation of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mauritius 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 served as 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 new Indian Ocean Studies series.

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