Daniel Domingues da Silva

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Dr. Daniel B. Domingues da Silva is an Associate Professor of History at Rice University and the Host of the renowned website SlaveVoyages.org. He is also the Bibliographer of “Slavery: An Annual Bibliographical Supplement,” published by Slavery & Abolition, the premier journal in the field of slavery and abolition studies, since 1980. Dr. Domingues graduated with a B.A. in History from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2004 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University, Atlanta, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. His research focuses on the history of Africa and the African Diaspora. It has received support from several institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Luso-American Foundation. His publications are available in books and peer-reviewed journals in English and Portuguese, such as the Journal of African History, Slavery & Abolition, and Revista Afro-Ásia. Dr. Domingues regularly teaches survey courses on the history of early and modern Africa as well as upper level courses, such as “Africa in the Museum” and “Fighting the Atlantic Slave Trade,” winner of the 2017 Center for Research Libraries Teaching with Primary Sources Award. He enjoys working with dedicated undergraduate and graduate students, who set their own research agenda and are eager to succeed in their intellectual, artistic, or professional endeavors.

Selected Publications:

  • “Abolition and the Registration of Slave and Freed Africans in Colonial Mozambique, 1856-1876,” with Edward A. Alpers, Journal of African History, vol. 62, no. 3 (2021), 377-393.
  • “Amazonia and Northeast Brazil in the Atlantic Slave Trade: A Reassessment of the Brazilian Slave Trade North of Rio de Janeiro,” with Alexandre Vieira Ribeiro, Atlantic Studies, vol. 17, no. 4 (2020), 485-507.
  • “Lost to Fire: The African Collection of the National Museum of Brazil,” African Arts, vol. 52, no. 3 (2019), 13-15.
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade from West Central Africa, 1780-1867 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • “The Intra-American Traffic of Enslaved People to Rio de Janeiro, 1831-1860: Data from Newspaper Sources,” with Maria Eduarda Braga da Fonseca, Izabel Gonçalves, and Lívia Tiede, Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation, vol. 4, no. 2 (2023), 35-42.
  • “The Transatlantic Muslim Diaspora to Latin American in the Nineteenth Century,” with David Eltis, Nafees Khan, Philip Misevich, and Olatunji Ojo, Colonial Latin American Review, vol. 26 no. 4 (2017), 528-545.

Research Areas

Early Africa; Atlantic Africa; Modern Africa; African Diaspora; Slavery & Abolition


PhD, Emory University

MA, Emory University

BA, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Advisory Role

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Center for African and African American Studies

Magister of Martel College


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