Professor of History
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.
Gaspar, David Barry, and Darlene Clark Hine, eds. Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Americas. University of Illinois Press, 2004.
Gaspar, B., and D. Geggus, eds. A Turbulent Time: The Greater Caribbean in the Age of the French and Haitian Revolutions (paperback edition). Indiana University Press, 2003.
Geggus, David P., and B. Gaspar, eds. A Turbulent Time: The Greater Caribbean in the Age of the French and Haitian Revolutions. Indiana University Press, 1997.
Gaspar, B. Bondmen and Rebels. Duke University Press, 1993.
Begbie, J. S. “Afterword.” In God’s Song and Music’s Meanings: Theology, Liturgy, and Musicology in Dialogue, 182–89, 2019.
Gaspar, B. “A Dangerous Spirit of Liberty: Slave Rebellion in the West Indies in the 1730s.” In Origins of the Black Atlantic, edited by Laurent Dubois and Julius S. Scott. Routledge, 2010.
Gaspar, B. “’Subjects to the King of Portugal’: Captivity and Repatriation in the Slave Trade to Antigua, 1724.” In The Creation of the British Atlantic World, edited by Carole Shammas and Elizabeth Mancke. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
Gaspar, David Barry. “"’Subjects to the King of Portugal’: Captivity and Repatriation in the Atlantic Slave Trade (Antigua 1724)".” In The Creation of the British Atlantic World(, edited by Elizabeth Mancke and Carole Shammas. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
Gaspar, David Barry. “"’To Be Free Is Very Sweet’: The Manumission of Female Slaves in Antigua, 1817-26".” In Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Americas., edited by David Barry Gaspar and Darlene Clark Hine. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004.
Gaspar, B. “’Rigid and Inclement’: Origins of the Jamaica Slave Laws of the Seventeenth Century.” In The Many Legalities of Early America, edited by Christopher Tomlins and Bruce Mann. University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
Gaspar, B. “’With a Rod of Iron’: The Barbados Slave Laws as a Model for Jamaica, the Leeward Islands and South Carolina.” In Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of Blacks in the Diaspora, edited by Darlene Clark Hine and Jacqueline McLeod. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.
Gaspar, D. B. “Revolution, Slavery and Emancipation in Saint Lucia, 1793-1838.” In A Turbulent Time: The Greater Caribbean in the Age of the French and Haitian Revolutions, edited by D. B. Gaspar and D. P. Geggus. Indiana University Press, 1997.
Gaspar, B. “Ameliorating Slavery: The Leeward Islands Slave Act of 1798.” In Parts Beyond the Seas: The Lesser Antilles in the Age of European Expansion, edited by Robert L. Paquette and Stanley L. Engerman. University Presses of Florida, 1997.
Gaspar, B. “Revolution, Slavery, and Emancipation in Saint Lucia, 1793-1838.” In A Turbulent Time: The Greater Caribbean in the Age of the French and Haitian Revolutioms, edited by D. B. Gaspar and D. P. Geggus. University of Indiana Press, 1997.
Gaspar, David Barry. “Reviews of Books:The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade Robert Harms.” The American Historical Review 109, no. 1 (February 2004): 144–45. https://doi.org/10.1086/530162. Full Text
Gaspar, B, Duncan J. “CONTOURS: A Journal of the African Diaspora.” Edited by David Barry Gaspar 2 (2004).
Gaspar, B. “Reforming slavery in the British Caribbean: The Lives of Enslaved Women,” 2003.
Gaspar, B. “The Organization of the Saint Lucia Militia, 1823,” 2003.
Gaspar, B. “The Abolition of the Slaves’ Sunday Markets at Montserrat, 1736,” 2003.
Gaspar, B. “The Saint Christopher Slaver Insurrection Scare of 1778,” 2003.
Gaspar, B. “The Slave Women of Two Antigua Sugar Plantations (1817-1834),” 2003.