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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Interests


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

Biography


Maria is a doctoral student from Sinaloa Mexico. She attended East Carolina University and received both a BA in History and Political Science, and a MA in Atlantic World History in 2012, and 2015, respectively. 

Her work explores the hidden histories of slavery and freedom that linked nineteenth century United States, Mexico & the Caribbean. More specifically, her work centers transnational exchanges, and crossings of enslaved and free blacks who traversed the Mexico-US border lands and waters from 1808 to 1868. Her research examines and simultaneously highlights Mexico's anti-slavery stance, and it’s role as a sanctuary for runaway slaves from the United States during the nineteenth century.

Maria's MA Thesis was entitled "The Other Underground Railroad: Hidden Histories of Slavery and Freedom across the Porous Frontiers of Nineteenth-Century United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean" and completed 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.