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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Jared Hardesty

Associate Professor

PhD, Boston College, 2014

(360) 650-3043

On Leave AY 2020-21

Jared Ross Hardesty is associate professor of history at Western Washington University and a scholar of colonial America, the Atlantic world, and the histories of labor and slavery. He is the author of Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston (New York: NYU Press, 2016), which explores the relationship between slavery and other forms of dependence in eighteenth-century Boston, and Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England (Amherst & Boston: Bright Leaf, 2019). His articles and book reviews have appeared in The Journal of Global Slavery, Early American Studies, Slavery & Abolition, The Journal of Early American History, The New England Quarterly, The William & Mary Quarterly, Itinerario, and Common-place. All of his peer-reviewed publications have examined the economy, social structure, and global entanglements of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. His current research project examines the murder of an eighteenth-century slave trader, smuggler, and chocolatier and is entitled The Case of the Rising Sun: A Tale of Smuggling, Murder, and Chocolate in Early America.

Faculty Research Interests

Colonial America, Atlantic World, Slavery

Selected Publications


Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England (Amherst & Boston: Bright Leaf, 2019)

Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston, Early American Places Series (New York: New York University Press, 2016)

           Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Social Networks and Social Worlds: Thinking Beyond the Slave Community in Eighteenth-Century Boston,” in “Beyond the ‘Slave Community,’” ed. Aviva Ben-Ur, special issue, Journal of Global Slavery Vol. 3 No. 3 (2018): 234-260

“Creating an Unfree Hinterland: Merchant Capital, Bound Labor, and Market Production in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts,” Early American Studies Vol. 15 (Winter 2017): 37-63

“’The Negro at the Gate:’ Enslaved Labor in Eighteenth-Century Boston,” The New England Quarterly Vol. 87 No. 1 (March 2014): 72-98

“An Angry God in the Hands of Sinners: Enslaved Africans and the Uses of Protestant Christianity in Colonial Boston,” Slavery & Abolition Vol. 35 No. 1 (March 2014): 66-83

“An Ambiguous Institution: Slavery, Law, and the State in Colonial Massachusetts,” The Journal of Early American History Vol. 3 No. 2-3 (2013): 154-180

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