Griffin Black

PhD candidate in American History

Griffin is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of History at Clare College. As a Paul Mellon Fellow (Clare-Yale University), he studies the transatlantic relationships and activities of nineteenth-century abolitionists and anti-slavery reformers. More broadly, he researches the development of conceptions of inherent human rights, citizenship, and constitutionalism in the Atlantic community.

He holds an MPhil in American History from Cambridge and a BA in History from Yale University.


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"Before He Won the Civil War, Lincoln Worked to Get Ships Dislodged and Moving." Washington Post, March 31, 2021.

"The Whitewashing of Black Genius: Frederick Douglass, Antonio Maceo and the Outrages of 'Racial Science.'" Scientific American, October 12, 2020.

"The Development of American Anti-Slavery Law - A Historical Review," in The Historical Roots of Human Trafficking: Informing Primary Prevention of Commercialized Violence, edited by Katherine Chon and Makini Chisolm-Straker. Springer (forthcoming). (Co-Authored with Ambassador Luis C.deBaca ret.).

"Moral Man in Pandemic Society: Reading Niebuhr in 2020." Religion & Diplomacy, October 6, 2020.

"Trump’s Mail Ballot Claims Are Part of a Long History of Voter Suppression.” Washington Post, July 31, 2020

"Black People Aren’t Naturally Vulnerable to Covid-19. That’s Junk Race Science." Washington Post, June 25, 2020. (Co-Authored with David W. Blight).

“‘Spectator’ of Shadows: The Human Being in Jonathan Edwards’s ‘Images of Divine Things.’” Jonathan Edwards Studies 8, no. 2 (Winter 2018).