January 25, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:00 PMUptown Campus
Title: "The Archive of the Enslaved: Power Enslavement, and the Production of the Past"
During this presentation, Dr. Montalvo will discuss her current book project, The Archive of the Enslaved: Power Enslavement, and the Production of the Past, a legal history of slavery, capitalism, and freedom that narrows in the everyday business of slavery in the antebellum courtroom to examine the relationship between the production of property and the production of the past.
Maria R. Montalvo is the Bonquois Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History in the Gulf
South at Newcomb College Institute. She will be joining the History Department at Emory
University as an Assistant Professor in August 2019. Her scholarship centers on the legal history
of slavery, capitalism, and freedom in the nineteenth-century United States. She is currently
working on transforming her dissertation into a manuscript, tentatively titled The Archive of the
Enslaved: Power, Enslavement, and the Production of the Past. A native of Rio Grande City,
Texas, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Plan II and History from the University of Texas at
Austin in 2012, her master’s in History from Rice University in 2014, and her Ph.D. in History
from Rice University in 2018.