James Sweet

Position title: Professor of History

Email: jhsweet@wisc.edu



My Research and Teaching Interests center on Africans and their descendants in the broader world. I teach courses on comparative slavery, race and nation in the Atlantic world, comparative world history, the history of Brazil, and the history of South Africa. To date, my research has concentrated on the social and cultural histories of Africans in the Atlantic world. My next project will focus on the international dimensions of slavery in the United States. I have also begun several research projects related to South Africa.


Ph.D., The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York;
M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill



  • “Mistaken Identities? Olaudah Equiano, Domingos Álvares, and the Methodological Challenges of Studying the African Diaspora.” The American Historical Review 114 (2009): 279-306.



  • History 200 – Historical Studies
  • History 277 – Africa: An Introductory Survey
  • History 278 – Africans in the Americas, 1492-1808
  • History 279 – Afro-Atlantic Histories and Peoples, 1808-Present
  • History 525 – World & The West from 1492
  • History 555 – History of Brazil
  • History 600 – African Diaspora Peoples and History
  • History 600 – The Image of Africa in the West.
  • History 751 – Pro-seminar in History of Africa
  • History 861 – African Diaspora Histories and Peoples
  • History 861 – History of South Africa