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As a social historian in the departments of History and Africana Studies at SUNY Binghamton since 2006, Bailey's specialty is history from below – the stories of ordinary people living in extraordinary times. She is also concerned with the reconciliation of communities after age old conflicts like slavery, war and genocide. Her work has been informed by transnational experiences and extended stays in Paris, London, the Caribbean and West Africa. Her first monograph is African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame from Beacon Press based on her dissertation from the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book is the award winning The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave auction in American history. (Cambridge University Press, 2017) Her expertise includes African American history,African History and Caribbean History. (in short African Diaspora Studies.)


  • –present
    Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, Binghamton University, State University of New York


  • 1998 
    University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. African and African American History