Obi Dennar is a fourth-year PhD student with research interests focused on the intersecting histories of the Americas, Africa, and Europe. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2018. As an undergraduate, he received extensive training in research. In the fall of 2017, he completed a history seminar course taught by Dr. Ann Twinam, focusing his thesis on the competing political ideologies of Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines. In the spring of 2018, he completed a capstone research course under the supervision of Dr. Julie D. Hardwick, focusing his thesis on the rupture between the colonial government of Saint-Domingue and the French mainland government as a prelude to the Haitian Revolution. At Rice, he plans to focus his research on the relationship between French metropolitan revolutionaries in the Caribbean and the various groups (free people of color, African marron communities, enslaved Africans, and indigenous communities) they had tenuous alliances with in the Caribbean during the Age of Revolution, specifically during the tenure of Victor Hugues as the governor-general of Guadeloupe from 1794 to 1798.

Research Areas

Atlantic World; Latin America and the Caribbean; U.S. and the World


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