Nicholas Radburn

After an abortive career in accountancy, Nick wrote an MA on Liverpool's connection to the trans-Atlantic slave trade at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He then performed his doctoral research on the slave trade at Johns Hopkins University. He's currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California and the Huntington Library. In August 2017, he will join Lancaster University as a Lecturer in Atlantic History.

Nick's research has been published in the William and Mary Quarterly, the Journal of Economic History, and featured on His research has been generously supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Doris Quinn G. Foundation.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • 2016 
    Johns Hopkins University, PhD
  • 2009 
    Victoria University of Wellington, MA
  • 2007 
    Victoria University of Wellington, BA(Hons)


  • 2015
    Guinea Factors, Slave Sales, and the Profits of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Late Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: The Case of John Tailyour, The William and Mary Quarterly
  • 2015
    Keeping “the wheel in motion”: Trans-Atlantic Credit Terms, Slave Prices, and the Geography of Slavery in the British Americas, 1755–1807, The Journal of Economic History