Dr Vanessa Mongey
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Office: Armstrong 1.27
Semester 1 Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm and Wednesday 10-11am except week 7 (subject to change or cancellation as necessary)
Phone extension: 82201
Introduction: I specialise in Atlantic work history with a focus on international relations, the Age of Revolutions, and Caribbean history. Before arriving at Newcastle, I taught at Rhodes College and the University of Pittsburgh. I also worked for museums with a concentration on Pre Columbian art. I completed my PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, during which I did research in New Orleans, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, and France. I previously studied at the University of California, Los Angeles and at the Université de la Sorbonne.
PhD, History, University of Pennsylvania
MA, History, University of Pennsylvania
BA, History, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris IV
BA, American Studies, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris III
Research assistant: Musée des Jacobins, Auch, and Musée des Arts Américains, Océaniens et Africains, Marseille, 2015
Postdoctoral fellow, University of Pittsburgh, 2012-14
Visiting Assistant Professor, Rhodes College, Memphis, 2011-12
Research fellow, New-York Historical Society, 2010-11
My main research interests are in revolutionary Atlantic world history, particularly social, cultural and political history.
- Age of Revolutions (1780-1850)
- Greater Caribbean
- Haitian diaspora in the nineteenth century
- International relations
- Radical transnational movements
- Visual culture, including the representation of Pre-Columbian art
- European empires in the Atlantic world
- The slave trade, especially smuggling
- Circulation of print media, e.g. newspapers, pamphlets, periodicals, ephemera
My research investigates the notion of belonging in the Atlantic World. I am finishing my first book, Foreigners of Desperate Fortune: Cosmopolitan Revolutions in the Greater Caribbean (1780-1840) that reconstructs revolutionary networks composed of men of different nationalities and ethnicities who attempted to create their own states in former Spanish colonies in the Greater Caribbean. This monograph argues that non-state actors were central to the decolonization process in the Americas and shows how tangled strands of opportunities for this kind of cosmopolitan collaborations gradually disappeared with the United States extending their presence in the West Indies. Several grants supported my research in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, including from the Mellon Foundation, Harvard University, and the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Current Research Projects
My project explores how states tried to control the mobility of their members in the long nineteenth century by developing the concept of "loyalty." This project probes into Hannah Arendt's premise that the protection of basic human rights is dependent upon national citizenship. It traces this premise to the long nineteenth century debates around diplomatic protection, criminalization of service in foreign militaries, and identification papers (passports). A summer grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities started this project that focuses on how legislation affected individuals on the ground and how these individuals resisted –often successfully- these laws. These prohibitions became a testing ground for ideas about nationality, race, and gender. Given that various countries are now considering revoking the citizenship of those suspected of disloyalty and terrorism, an examination of this idea of loyalty "owed" to the nation has considerable relevance for the present.
Another project explores Afro-descendent migration movements in the nineteenth century and argues that Haiti played a major role in modern understanding of mobility and identity. The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) was perhaps the first modern crisis of exiles with tens of thousands of colonists leaving the French colony of Saint-Domingue and finding refuge throughout the Atlantic world. I am researching the little studied Back-to-Haiti movement and the refugees who decided to return to Haiti after independence. In particular, I explore the impact of this return movement on Haiti's relations with the international community and how these returnees contributed to Haitian state-formation. I see Haiti as a magnet for global migration as African Americans also decided to settle in Haiti to escape racial oppression in the first half of the nineteenth century.
Being Human festival 2017
Paths Across Waters: Lost Stories of Tyneside and the Caribbean: exhibit and event series at Old Low Light Heritage Center, North Shields. Free entry: Friday 17 November – Saturday 25 November, 10:00am–5:00pm
Embark on a journey across seas, oceans and rivers that revives the shared history between Tyneside and the West Indies. This interactive and multimedia exhibition charts the lost connections between the two regions and raises awareness of Tyneside’s international heritage to ask what memories, objects and understandings of this history remain in the North East? What has been lost, and what can we learn from our history as a maritime region?
This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK's only national festival of the humanities. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org.
Fellowships and awards
Max Plank Institute for European Legal Studies, Summer 2018
Being Human Festival award, 2017
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Newberry Library, 2014
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Program, 2009-2010
Harvard University Research Grant in Atlantic History, 2009
Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-2009
Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, 2008
Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources, 2007-2008
Newberry Library Research Grant, 2007
Historic New Orleans Collection Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, 2007
Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2003-2007
HIS2234 Atlantic slave trade, 1450-1850
HIS3138 Art of empires, 1750-1850
HIS3332 The Haitian Revolution
HIS3000 Reading history: The Black Atlantic
HIS3020 Writing History
HIS8104 Ideas and Influences in British History (MA)
- Mongey Vanessa. A la croisée des révolutions et des lois: exilés napoléoniens aux Etats-Unis. In: Villerbu, Tangi, ed. Marchands, exilés, missionnaires et diplomates : Les Français et les États-Unis, 1789-1815. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2016. Submitted.
- Mongey V. “Des Français indignes de ce nom: rester français en Louisiane”. In: Vidal, Cecile, ed. Français? La nation en débat entre colonies et métropole, XVIe-XIXe siècle. Paris, France: EHESS, 2014, pp.187-208.
- Mongey Vanessa. “The pen and the sword: print in the revolutionary Caribbean,”. In: G. Entin, A.E. Gómez, F. Morelli, C. Thibaud, ed. L’Atlantique révolutionnaire. Une perspective ibéro-américaine. Paris: Presses des Perseides, 2013, pp.26-40.
- Mongey Vanessa. “A Tale of Two Brothers: Haiti’s Other Revolutions.”. The Americas 2012, 69(1), 37-60.
- Mongey Vanessa. “Les vagabonds de la république: l es révolutionnaires européens aux Amériques. In: C. Thibaud, F. Morelli, and G. Verdo, ed. Les empires atlantiques des Lumières au libéralisme (1763-1865). Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2009, pp.67-82.