Christopher L. Brown

Professor of History

Columbia University

Christopher L. Brown, professor, specializes in the history of eighteenth century Britain, the early modern British Empire, and the comparative history of slavery and abolition, with secondary interests in the age of revolutions and the history of the Atlantic world. He is now at work on two projects, one on British experience along the West African coast in the era of the Atlantic slave trade, and a second on the decline and fall of the British Planter class in the era of abolition and emancipation.

He has won several awards, including the Frederick Douglass Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University (2007), the Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the American Historical Association (2006), the James A. Rawley Prize from the American Historical Association (2006), and the Douglass Adair Memorial Award for the best article published in the William and Mary Quarterly (2004).

He is the author of Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism and Arming Slaves: From the Classical Era to the Modern Age (2006).