History Department
History Department

Maria Hammack


M.A., History, East Carolina University; B.A., History/Political Science, East Carolina University

Maria Hammack

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Interests


African Diaspora, Mexico, Atlantic World, Texas Borderlands, Latin America, Slavery in Texas and Mexico, Politics

Biography


PhD Student in History at the University of Texas at Austin.  Maria is from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.  She completed both a BA in History and Political Science, and a MA in Atlantic World History at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina.

Her work explores the hidden histories of slavery and freedom in nineteenth century United States-Mexico borderlands, the transnational exchanges in African slaves that occurred along the Mexico-US border, and across the territorial and coastal boundaries of the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.  Her research interests delve into and simultaneously highlight Mexico’s role as a sanctuary for runaway slaves from the United States during the nineteenth century.

She completed a MA Thesis titled "The Other Underground Railroad: Hidden Histories of Slavery and Freedom across the Porous Frontiers of Nineteenth-Century United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean" in July 2015. She worked under the direction of UT Austin's Latin American History PhD Alumna Dr. Angela T. Thompson, currently Professor of History at East Carolina University.

Maria is currently working under the direction and guidance of Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies, Dr. Daina Ramey Berry.