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Mary Hicks

Newman Family Jefferson Fellow
B.A. University of Iowa (2006)
M.A. University of Virginia (2010)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2013)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Mary Hicks is an assistant professor of history and black studies at Amherst College. Her research seeks to interrogate the multiplicity of connections between coastal West Africa and Brazil through the lens of mutual cultural, technological, commercial, intellectual and environmental influences. In addition to investigating the lives of African sailors, her current work also reveals the centrality of enslaved and free African women’s market activities in introducing West African material culture to urban Salvador. Dr. Hicks earned her B.A. from the University of Iowa (2006), and her M.A.(2010) and Ph.D. (2015) in history from the University of Virginia.

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