Assistant professor of history Sarah Cornell has been chosen to receive the 19th Century Scholars Association’s Emerging Scholars Award for her article, “Citizens of Nowhere: Fugitive Slaves And Free African Americans in Mexico, 1833-1857.”
In the article, published in the September 2013 issue of The Journal of American History, Cornell traces the ways southern officials took advantage of Mexican policy, which prevented fugitive slaves from legally residing in Mexico, and how former slaves used multiple strategies to integrate themselves into local communities, carving out a limited, precarious freedom.
Cornell is the first historian to receive the award, established in 2007 to recognize an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author’s doctorate.
Cornell received her Ph.D. at New York University and taught at the University of New Mexico before joining the history department faculty. Her fields of interest include the Civil War era, the U.S. South and borderlands, and transnational race and labor.