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RANDY J. SPARKS
Professor
Ph.D., Rice, 1988

Randy Sparks specializes in Southern History, the Early Modern Atlantic World, and American Religious History.

Research Interests
My research revolves around three broad areas of interest: Southern History, American Religious History and the Atlantic World. My research in Southern history has focused on race and religion, particularly the history of biracial worship in the Old South. My first two books, On Jordan's Stormy Banks and Religion in Mississippi, explored the interplay between race and religion in the South. My interest in Atlantic history has also focused on race and/or religion. The Two Princes of Calabar explores the slave trade and early English Methodism through biography. My co-edited volumes of essays in Atlantic history also reflect my interest in race and religion. Currently, I am co-editing a volume essays on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans with Romain Huret from the University of Lyon. My current book-length project focuses on the United States' involvement in the illegal slave trade of the 19th Century.

Teaching Interests
I regularly teach courses in the history of the Old and New South. I also offer courses in the history of American Religion, the impact of Hurricane Katrina, and Southern Autobiography.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Where the Negroes Are Masters    
An African Port in the Era of the Slave Trade (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014)
Publisher link

Paths to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World    
Edited with Rosemary Brana-Shute (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2009)
http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2009/3774.html

The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey    
(Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2004).
German translation with Rogner & Bernhard, 2004. French translations with Editions Les Persides 2007.

http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=978067...

Memory and Identity: Minority Survival among the Huguenots in France and the Atlantic Diaspora    
Edited with Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2003).
http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2008/3795.html

Religion in Mississippi    
(Jackson: University Press of Mississippi for the Heritage of Mississippi Series, 2001).
http://www.amazon.com/Religion-Mississippi-Heritag...

Money, Trade, and Power: The Evolution of Colonial South Carolina’s Plantation Society    
Edited with Jack P. Greene and Rosemary Brana-Shute (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2001).
http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2000/3374.html

On Jordan's Stormy Banks: Evangelical Religion in Mississippi, 1773-1876    
(Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1994).

CURRICULUM VITAE
Randy J. Sparks, Curriculum Vitae    
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Office:Hebert 118
Hours:MW 12:00-1:00 or by appointment
Phone:(504) 862-8627
Email:rsparks1@tulane.edu
On Sabbatical 2010-2011

WHAT'S NEW

Where the Negroes Are Masters  
An African Port in the Era of the Slave Trade (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014)
Publisher link


Paths to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World  
Edited with Rosemary Brana-Shute (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2009)
http://www.sc.edu/us...


The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey  
(Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2004).
German translation with Rogner & Bernhard, 2004. French translations with Editions Les Persides 2007.
http://www.hup.harva...


Memory and Identity: Minority Survival among the Huguenots in France and the Atlantic Diaspora  
Edited with Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2003).
http://www.sc.edu/us...


Religion in Mississippi  
(Jackson: University Press of Mississippi for the Heritage of Mississippi Series, 2001).
http://www.amazon.co...


Money, Trade, and Power: The Evolution of Colonial South Carolina’s Plantation Society  
Edited with Jack P. Greene and Rosemary Brana-Shute (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2001).
http://www.sc.edu/us...


On Jordan's Stormy Banks: Evangelical Religion in Mississippi, 1773-1876  
(Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1994).

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