Natasha J. Lightfoot

Associate Professor

523 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 851-5915


Ph.D. — New York University 2007
M.A. — New York University 2002
B.A. — Yale University 1999

Interests and Research

Natasha Lightfoot, associate professor, specializes in slavery and emancipation studies, and black identities, politics, and cultures in the fields of Caribbean, Atlantic World, and African Diaspora History. Her forthcoming book focuses on black working class people's everyday forms of freedom in Antigua after emancipation.


  • Comparative Slavery and Abolition in the Atlantic World
  • Resistance and the Black Atlantic
  • The Modern Caribbean


  • Scholar in Residence, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, Spring 2013
  • Ford Foundation/National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Society for Caribbean Studies UK Postdoctoral Essay Prize, "Their Coats Were Tied Up Like Men," July 2009
  • Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition and Resistance Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Yale University, 2008 [in residence May 2009]
  • Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship, The American Antiquarian Society, 2006
  • Henry Mitchell MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 2000-2005
  • Dean's Fellowship, New York University, 2000-2005
  • Tinker Grant for Caribbean Field Research, New York University, 2002

Selected Publications

“Africa’s Legacy on Antigua’s Shores: The African Presence in Antiguan Cultural Identity,” in A Herança Africana no Brasil e no Caribe/The African Heritage in Brazil and the Caribbean, eds. Carlos Henrique Cardim and Rubens Gama Dias Filho (Brasilia: Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão, 2011), 17-32.

“‘Their Coats Were Tied Up Like Men’: Women Rebels in Antigua’s 1858 Uprising,” Slavery & Abolition, 31: 4 (2010), 527-545.

 “A Transnational Sense of “Home”: Twentieth-Century West Indian Immigration and Institution Building in the Bronx,” in Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, 33 (2009), 25-46.

"If Not Now, When?: Lessons Learned from GSOC'S 2005-6 Strike," in The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace, eds. Monika Krause, Mary Nolan, Michael Palm and Andrew Ross (Philadelphia: Temple University Press), 149-161.

"The History of Mary Prince as a Historical Document of Slavery in Antigua and the British Empire," in Antigua & Barbuda International Literary Festival Magazine, no. 2, 28-32.

"Sunday Marketing, Contestations over Time, and Visions of Freedom among Enslaved Antiguans after 1800," in The C.L.R. James Journal: A Review of Caribbean Ideas, Vol. 12, no. 1.


  • Member, Association of Caribbean Historians
  • Executive Board Member, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
  • Member, The Conference on Latin American History
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Organization of American Historians