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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Ted Maris-Wolf

Deputy Director, CV Starr Center

Ted Maris-Wolf is a teacher and historian whose interests center upon race, place, and the experiences of ordinary people in the American past. Maris-Wolf’s Re-enslavement: Free People, Family, and Virginia Law will be published by UNC Press in 2015.  Maris-Wolf specializes in African American and Public History and is the author of “Hidden in Plain Sight: Maroon Life and Labor in Virginia’s Dismal Swamp,” in Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies (Sept. 2013); “Of Blood and Treasure: Recaptive Africans and the Politics of Slave Trade Suppression” in the Journal of the Civil War Era (March 2014); and a review essay entitled, “Many Seasons Gone: Memory, History, and the Atlantic Slave Trade,” in the New West India Guide (2009). Maris-Wolf has book reviews in such publications as The Journal of American HistoryThe Journal of Southern History, and Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture. He authored and produced a documentary film on the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade for the Omohundro Institute (2009) and served as the Visiting and Acting Assistant Editor of the William and Mary Quarterly (2009/2010). From 2011 to 2013, Maris-Wolf was an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from The College of William and Mary and received the college’s Thatcher Prize as well as the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences. After receiving his M.A. in Anthropology from William and Mary in 2002, he served with his wife in the United States Peace Corps from 2003–2005 in Gabon, Central Africa, where he assisted in the training of national park guides in oral history and archaeology. Maris-Wolf has also taught at Randolph-Macon College, Virginia Union University, and at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.