Zachary Sell

Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
303F O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Sell is a historian of slavery with an emphasis upon colonialism and capitalism in the nineteenth century. He is the author of the award-winning book Trouble of the World: Slavery and Empire in the Age of Capital which examines how U.S. slavery intersected with British colonial projects ranging from Australia, Belize, and India. He is also engaged in collaborative public humanities scholarship and was previously at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) where he coordinated a collaboration between Firelight Films and CSSJ in support of a PBS documentary film series on the Atlantic slave trade directed by Stanley Nelson.