Suzanne Schwarz, Ph.D.

Professor of History, University of Worcester

Suzanne Schwarz’s research interests focus on the transatlantic slave trade and abolition in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Her current research on Sierra Leone examines the development of the colony, and the ways in which abolitionists attempted to undermine the slave trade and reform African economy and society through policies of ‘Commerce, Civilization and Christianity’. She is currently involved in a British Library Endangered Archives project to preserve rare documentary sources in the Public Archives of Sierra Leone, and is one of the organizers of an international conference on Sierra Leone to be held in Freetown in 2012. Professor Schwarz has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for her work on Sierra Leone. She was appointed as an external consultant for the development of the International Slavery Museum in 2007, and has worked closely with National Museums Liverpool to develop continuing professional development courses on the slave trade for teachers. A play based on her book Slave Captain. The Career of James Irving in the Liverpool Slave Trade was performed at National Museums Liverpool in July 2010. Her teaching interests also include local and regional history.

Select Recent Publications

An Early African Colony: Contested Authority, Freedom and Identity in Sierra Leone in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century (forthcoming Yale University Press).

Suzanne Schwarz and Paul E. Lovejoy, eds., Slavery, Abolition and the Transition to Colonialism in Sierra Leone (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2015). 

Robin Law, Suzanne Schwarz, and Silke Strickrodt, eds., Commercial, the Slave Trade and Slavery in Africa (Woodbridge: James Currey, 2013). Due to be republished in paperback in 2016.

‘“Our Mad Methodists”: Methodism, Missions and Abolitionism in Sierra Leone in the Late Eighteenth Century’, Wesley and Methodist Studies 3 (2011) 121-133.

‘Commerce, Civilization and Christianity: The Development of the Sierra Leone Company’, in David Richardson, Suzanne Schwarz and Anthony J. Tibbles, eds., Liverpool and Transatlantic Slavery (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2007). Republished in paperback in Spring 2010.

‘The Narrative of the Shipwreck of the Ann’, Yale University Library Gazette, 82:3-4 (April 2008), 155-76.

Suzanne Schwarz, ed., Slave Captain: The Career of James Irving in the Liverpool Slave Trade, 2nd edition (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2008).

‘Attitudes to Liberty and Enslavement: The Career of James Irving, a Liverpool Slave Ship Surgeon and Captain’, The Historian 93 (Spring 2007), 20-26.

‘The Legacy of Melvill Horne’, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 31:2 (April 2007), 88-94.

‘An Evangelical Clergyman and Missionary Advocate: The Career of the Reverend Melvill Horne, Minister of Christ Church, Macclesfield’, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire 153 (2004), 1-31.

‘“Apostolick Warfare”: The Reverend Melvill Horne and the Development of Missions in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century’, The Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 85/1 (Spring 2003), 65-93.

Current Supervision:

Paul Martin (co-supervisor)