Padraic X. Scanlan is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. He is an historian of slavery, emancipation and economic life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is the author of two books, Slave Empire: How Slavery Built Modern Britain (Robinson, 2020) and Freedom’s Debtors: British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution (Yale University Press, 2017).
Professor Scanlan is currently working on a history of the Irish Great Famine, agricultural labour and imperial political economy, and an interdisciplinary study of shift work and the working hour in the nineteenth-century British empire.
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