James H. Sweet is Vilas-Jartz Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests range widely across the history of Africa and the African diaspora. In January 2023, he completed his term as president of the American Historical Association (AHA), the largest organization of its kind in the world and the oldest organization of historians in the United States. He is the author of two prize-winning books, Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in the African-Portuguese World, 1441-1770 (2003) and Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World (2011). He is currently working on a project on a pirated slave ship in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world; the manuscript is provisionally titled, Mutiny on the Black Prince: Slavery, Piracy, and the Limits of Liberty in the Revolutionary Atlantic World.
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