Personen im Historischen Institut: Dr. Thomas Mareite

Universitätsstr 2
45117 Essen
R13 V01 H03


  • Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, Geschichte

Main Areas of Interest

Latin American History

Colonial History (Spanish America)

US History

Atlantic History

Age of Revolution

Slavery Studies

Refugee History


Research Project

Provisional title: Refugees from Revolution and the Governance of Exile in Havana and New Orleans, 1790s-1820s

My PhD dissertation, “Conditional Freedom: Free-Soil and Fugitive Slaves from the U.S. South in Mexico’s Northeast, 1803-1861” (Leiden University, 2020), is a social and political history of the contests over Free Soil and fugitive slaves from the US South who settled in Mexico’s Northeast during the nineteenth century. It explores the development of southern routes of escape from slavery in the US South, and how self-emancipated bondspeople in the US-Mexico borderlands struggled to secure freedom.

This new research project (2021-2025) will study Havana and New Orleans as vantage point from which to bring the intersections between refugee migration, exile, and (counter)-revolutionary politics during the Age of Revolution into relief. It will analyze how both cities turned into transnational hubs of Atlantic revolutions and asylums for exiled people, studying how discourses on exiled populations and regimes of refugee protection evolved across the Gulf of Mexico.


Selected Publications

“An unlawful and contemptible adventure”: the Ducoudray-Holstein expedition and US foreign policy in the early 1820s Caribbean, Atlantic Studies (2021), DOI: 10.1080/14788810.2021.1948283

“Looking for Freedom in the Borderlands: U.S. Black Refugees from Slavery in Early Independent Mexico”, in Ronald A. Johnson and Ousmane Power-Greene (eds.), In Search of Liberty: African-American Internationalism in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2021), 57-86.

“Slavery, Resistance(s) and Abolition in Early Nineteenth-Century Chile”, Journal of Global Slavery 4:3 (2019), 372-403.  

“Freedom at the fringes? Slave Flight and Empire-Building in the Early Modern Spanish Borderlands of Essequibo-Venezuela and Louisiana-Texas” (with Bram Hoonhout), Slavery & Abolition 40:1 (2019), 61-86.

“Abolitionists, Smugglers and Scapegoats: Assistance Networks for “Fugitive Slaves” in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands (1836-1861)”, Mémoire(s), Identité(s), Marginalité(s) dans le Monde Occidental Contemporain [online], n°19 (2018). URL:
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