Barry Gaspar

Professor with Tenure

External address: 
306 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-2109


Dr. Gaspar concentrates on comparative slave systems, with a special interest in the development of slave society and the evolution of slave life in the United States and the Caribbean. The Atlantic Slave Trade, Atlantic history and culture, the legacy of slavery in post-slave societies, historical geography, colonial British America, and Caribbean and Afro-American history are also fields of major interest. He has published articles on slave resistance and social control. His study, Bondmen and Rebels: A Study of Master-Slave Relations in Antigua, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, and he co-edited More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas, published by Indiana University Press. He is currently working on transitions in patterns of slave revolt in the Caribbean and North America.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 1974

  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University 1972

  • B.A., University of West Indies (West Indies) 1968

Gaspar, B. "The Most Noxious of Our Islands." The Voice of St. Lucia (February 1979). (Academic Article)

Gaspar, B. "Runaways in Seventeenth century Antigua West Indies." Boletin de estudios latinoamericanos y del Caribe, no. 25 (1979): 3-13.

Gaspar, B. "A Fugitive from Slavery." The Voice of St. Lucia (December 1978). (Academic Article)

Gaspar, B. "The Antigua Slave Conspiracy of 1736: A Case Study of the Origins of Collective Resistance." The William and Mary Quarterly 35 (April 1978): 308-323. Full Text

Gaspar, B. "Review of Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834 by B. W. Higman." The Journal of Economic History 37 (September 1977): 813-815.

Gaspar, B. "Review of Slavery, Race and the American Revolution by Duncan J. MacLeod." The William and Mary Quarterly 32 (October 1975): 653-654. (Review) Full Text