History Department
History Department

Maria Hammack


M.A. -Atlantic World History; B.A. -History|Political Science, East Carolina University

Maria Hammack

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African Diaspora, Mexico, Atlantic World, Texas Borderlands, Latin America, Slavery in Texas and Mexico, Anti-Slavery and Abolition in Mexico

Biography


Maria Esther Hammack is doctoral candidate in the department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.A. in History and an M.A. in Atlantic World History from East Carolina University. She specializes in US slavery focusing on the African Diaspora in Mexico and the ways Texas became central to Black diasporic movements across the global South. Her dissertation under the direction of Professor Daina Ramey Berry, “South of Slavery: Enslaved and Free Black Movement in a Global Frontier, Mexico, The United States, and Beyond, 1803-1868,” traces the journeys of escapees and migrants who crossed the Mexico-US borderlands because they saw Mexico as a safe haven. Trained as a social historian, Maria emphasizes the experiences of runaway slaves, enslaved women/indentured servants, Black Seminole refugees, smuggled slaves, and free blacks who took solace in leaving the United States to live in a “free” Mexico. This work also explores Mexico’s anti-slavery and abolitionist efforts through an in-depth examination of Mexican congressional, governmental, and diplomatic records from its early period of Independence to the official abolition of slavery in 1829. Maria is a transnational scholar who seeks to advance initiatives that link scholarly research, pedagogy, digital and public history. During the 2018-2019 she is a fellow at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Follow her on Twitter: @LorienTinuviel