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 Quartz.com. His research has been generously supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Doris Quinn G. Foundation.