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Our Mission

We are a community of scholar-activists who contribute research and historical context to today’s antislavery movements in order to inspire and inform activism and to develop collaborations that empower such efforts.

HAS Definition of Slavery

Our agreed-upon definition of slavery is when people are forced to work against their will for the profit of others.

Our Motto

Using History to Make Slavery History

Our History

HAS was founded by James Brewer Stewart in January 2011.


Stacey Robertson, Central Washington University
Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University


Nicole H. Scalessa, Director of Communications, haswebsitemanager@gmail.com


Jason Allen, Mother Bethel AME Church
Michael Todd Landis, Tarleton State University
Talitha LeFlouria, Florida Atlantic University
Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University
Randall Miller, St. Joseph’s University
Laura Murphy, Loyola University
Stacey Robertson, Central Washington University
Stephen Rozman, Tougaloo College
James Brewer Stewart, Macalester College
Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, Babson College
Zoe Trodd, University of Nottingham
Robert Wright, Augustana University

Read more about our Board.