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Assistant Professor of Modern American History, Durham University

Kevin Waite is an assistant professor of U.S. history at Durham University. His book-in-progress explores how slaveholders extended their political dominion across the American West in the mid-19th century, and in the process, hastened the coming of the Civil War. His next project follows the thousands of former Confederates who fled the country after the collapse of their rebellion in 1865. They dispersed across the globe -- to places like Brazil, Mexico, Fiji, and Egypt -- and attempted to resurrect systems of slavery and servitude in the so-called age of emancipation.

He has written for a number of popular media outlets, including TIME, the Huffington Post, the History News Network, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, among others. He has also appeared on radio and television, in interviews with NPR member stations in Los Angeles and CBS LA.

Waite holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA (magna cum laude, phi beta kappa) from Williams College.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Modern American History, Durham University