Assistant Professor of History

Bradley L. Craig is a historian of early African American and Black Atlantic politics and culture. Broadly, his research examines the felt and embodied dimensions of diasporic belonging. His current book project, Oathbound: Sovereignty and Belonging in the Revolutionary Atlantic World, tells the story of Jamaica’s Trelawny Maroons and their forced migration to Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone following the Anglo-Maroon War of 1795-96. The book shows how the Maroons participated in an Atlantic political culture of oath-taking, binding themselves to a particular vision of imperial belonging and diasporic kinship. Other research in progress considers the sensory history of race and slavery in the Atlantic world.  

Bradley teaches courses on African American history, the history of the Black Atlantic, historical memory and reconciliation, black queer and feminist studies, and histories of the body and the senses. He earned an A.B. in Studies of Women, Gender & Sexuality, an A.M. in History, and a Ph.D. in African and African American Studies from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at BU, he was a Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies (University of Pennsylvania) and an Assistant Professor of History at Concordia University in Montréal, Quebec.