María Esther Hammack

María Esther Hammack

María Esther Hammack is doctoral candidate in the department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in US slavery focusing on the African Diaspora in Mexico and the ways Texas became central to Black diasporic movements across the Global South. Her dissertation under the direction of Professor Daina Ramey Berry, “South of Slavery: Enslaved and Free Black Movement in a Global Frontier, Mexico, The United States, and Beyond, 1803-1868,” traces the journeys of escapees and migrants who crossed the Mexico-US borderlands because they saw Mexico as a safe haven. During the 2018-2019 school year, she is a fellow at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Follow her work and interests on Twitter: @Lorientinuviel

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