Julie Saville

Associate Professor of History and the College
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
PhD 1986 Yale University

William Rainey Harper Memorial Library,
East Tower, room 689 – Office
(773) 702-2695 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


Field Specialties

United States history; African American and Caribbean history; comparative slavery and emancipations


Julie Saville's research and teaching are focused on plantation societies of the southern United States and regions of the Caribbean from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. She is especially interested in how broad historical changes during the era of trans-Atlantic slave emancipations are related to daily life, the social relations of labor, and popular forms of political expression.


She is presently at work on a study of slaves' political culture in the French Caribbean in the aftermath of the French and Haitian revolutions.

The Work of Reconstruction: From Slave to Wage Laborer in South Carolina, 1860–1870. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994; paperback 1996.

"Grassroots Reconstruction: Agricultural Laborers and Collective Actionin South Carolina, 1860-1868." Slavery and Abolition 12, no. 3 (December 1991): 173–82.

Ira Berlin, Thavolia Glymph, Steven F. Miller, Joseph P. Reidy, Leslie S.Rowland, and Julie Saville. Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867, Ser. 1, Vol. 2: The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Lower South. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Ira Berlin, Barbara Jeanne Fields, Thavolia Glymph, Steven F. Miller, Joseph P. Reidy, Leslie S. Rowland, and Julie Saville. "Writing Freedom's History: The Destruction of Slavery." Prologue 17, no. 4 (Winter 1985): 211–27.