Associate Professor Emerita of History and the College

Prof. Saville has retired and no longer directs BA theses or accepts new graduate students.

PhD'86 Yale University

Mailing Address

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


Julie Saville's research focuses on plantation societies of the southern United States and the Caribbean from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. She is especially interested in how broad historical changes during the era of transatlantic slave emancipations are related to daily life, the social relations of labor, and popular forms of political expression. Saville is at work on a study of slaves' political culture in the French Caribbean in the aftermath of the French and Haitian revolutions.


—“Nations beyond Nations” [Foreword]. In Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations, edited by Whitney Nell Stewart and John Garrison Marks, vii–xii (Athens: University of Georgia, 2018).
—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 (Dec. 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 (Win. 1985): 211–27.