Carolyn Roberts

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Postdoctoral Associate (Assistant Professor starting Fall 2018)
Rm 303--81 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511-6606


Carolyn Roberts is an historian of early modern medicine.  Her research and teaching interests broadly concern medicine, race, and slavery in the Atlantic world.   Her current book project, To Heal and to Harm: Medicine, Knowledge, and Power in the Atlantic Slave Trade, is the first full-length study of the history of medicine in the British slave trade.  The project studies the pharmaceutical and medical labor performed by a largely unknown group of African and British women and men, both enslaved and free.  Their knowledge of pharmacy, surgery, and herbalism was mobilized to sustain the largest coerced oceanic migration in human history.  

Carolyn holds degrees from Harvard University, Andover Newton Theological School, and Dartmouth College.  She is also an award-winning teacher who has been recognized for her commitment to public service.  Carolyn’s research has been supported through numerous fellowships and awards – most recently from the John and Elizabeth Armstrong Fellowship, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and the Krupp Foundation.