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Devin Leigh

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Devin Leigh is a historian of the Atlantic World who so far has researched and written mostly about connections between the Caribbean, West Africa, and Great Britain in the eighteenth century. His research has appeared in a number of journals, including Atlantic Studies, the Journal of Caribbean History, and History in Africa. In addition to teaching at USF, he teaches African, Latin American, and World History at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley.


  • Caribbean
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Slavery studies
  • Global studies
  • World history


  • UC Davis, PhD in History, 2021
  • Loyola University, MA in History, 2015
  • DePaul University, BA in History, 2012

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Professor in Global Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Adjunct Professor in History, San Francisco State University
  • Adjunct Professor in History, UC Davis

Awards & Distinctions

  • Research Fellow, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, 2021
  • Research Fellow, Eccles Center for American Studies at the British Library, 2019    
  • Research Fellow, Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at UC Davis, 2018

Selected Publications

  • With Clifton E. Sorrell III, “How to Control the History of a Slave Rebellion: A Case Study from the Sources of Blackwall’s Revolt in St. Mary’s Parish, Jamaica, 1765,” The Journal of Caribbean History Vol. 55, No. 1 (2021): 19-56. 
  • “The View from ‘White Man’s Bay:’ The Captain John Matthews Papers on Sierra Leone at the Firestone Memorial Library, Princeton University,” History in Africa Vol. 48 (2021): 383-396. 
  • “A Disagreeable Text: The Uncovered First Draft of Bryan Edwards’s Preface to The History of the British West Indies, c. 1792,” New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids Vol. 94, Nos. 1-2 (2020): 39-74. 
  • “The Jamaican Airs: An Introduction to Unpublished Pieces of Musical Notation from Enslaved People in the Eighteenth-century Caribbean,” Atlantic Studies: Global Currents Vol. 17, No. 4 (2020): 462-484.
  • “The Origins of a Source: Edward Long, Coromantee Slave Revolts, and The History of Jamaica,” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies Vol. 40, No. 2 (2019): 295-320.