Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall Michigan State University Invited Speaker INFES- 2019

Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Emiritus Professor, Department of History

Michigan State University, USA

The title of presentation:

The Sub-Sahara African Diaspora: Multidisciplinary Studies from subjective historical Sources to Digital Humanities Merging history, anthropology, historical demography, economic history, price studies, linguistics, using databases about patterns of slavery based on the lives of enslaved individuals.

Brief Biography

Slave Database projects online:

 Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1719-1820. Ibiblio. 2001.

Ongoing slave database projects at Michigan State University:

Slave Biographies: Mellon Foundation Project:


Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005; Paperback edition 2007; Africans in Colonial Louisiana: the Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century.Baton Rouge: L.S.U Press, 1992; paperback edition, 1995. This book received nine prizes; Social Control in Slave Plantation Societies: a Comparison of St. Domingue and Cuba. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971; Paperback edition. LSU Press, 1995. Scheduled to be reissued by Johns Hopkins University as a for sale print book, an e-book, and a free edition online hosted by Project MUSE sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation.


Ph.D. from University of Michigan in Latin American history, 1970; M.A in Latin American history, Mexico City College, University of the Americas, 1964; B.A. in history, Mexico City College, 1962.


 Michigan State University, 2010 to present. Professor of history.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1971-1996, retired, now Prof. Emeritus of history.