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lauraThe Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is pleased to announce Laura Rosanne Adderley as a Taylor Faculty Fellow beginning February 20, 2017. Laura Rosanne Adderley is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she has worked almost continuously since 1996. She works primarily as a comparative slavery historian focusing particularly on the 19th century, and the era of slave trade abolition and emancipation. Although the bulk of her research has concerned British slave trade suppression and the Africans affected by it, because of the nature of the 19th-century Atlantic slave trade, her research work has included significant transnational components across multiple colonial and geographic boundaries, including interaction between the British and Spanish colonized Caribbean and North America. Between 2007 and 2008 she taught briefly in the Program in African-American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. She has also taught summer classes at the historically African-American and Roman Catholic Xavier University. Since 2013, she has served as the director of the Program in Africana Studies at Tulane University. She serves as the Tulane History Department member on the Board of the Amistad Research Center. Additionally, she has a range of community interests including work with an anti-racism organizing collective in New Orleans, human rights education with Amnesty International, and work for the Episcopal Church on the legacy of African-American Episcopal saint, Frances Gaudet. Gaudet was an early 20th-century New Orleans educator and prison reform advocate. Dr. Adderley received her B.A in history from Yale University. Later, she received her M.A and PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania. As a Taylor Faculty Fellow, Adderley will engage with Taylor’s Professors in Social Entrepreneurship and other Taylor Change Team members about her interests in Slavery and Public History in New Orleans and beyond. She is also eager for Taylor Change Team collaboration in building the Frances Gaudet Legacy Project in a way that can contribute to current education and criminal justice reform work in New Orleans.

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