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Nicholas Radburn

Lecturer in Atlantic World History, 1500-1800, Lancaster University

Nick is a historian of the Atlantic World, with a particular focus on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. His current research examines slave-trading merchants in Britain, Africa, and the Americas, and shows how their profit-motivated decisions shaped the experiences of the enslaved people who they bought and sold.

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


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, Lancaster University
  • 2017–2017
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of South California


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


  • 2019
    ‘Gold versus Life:’ Jobbing Gangs and British Caribbean Slavery,, The William and Mary Quarterly
  • 2019
    Visualizing the Middle Passage: The Brooks and the Reality of Crowding in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • 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