Justification: This course provides our graduate students with a comparative, transnational, and diasporic framework for analyzing the institution of slavery in the Americas from the 15th to the 19th Century. Over the last 25 year, the “transnational” turn in the Humanities and the discipline of History has reframed traditional units of analysis from a focus on the nation to a study of phenomena that cross national and imperial boundaries. The enslaving, uprooting, and then dispersion of 11 million enslaved Africans constitutes the largest forced trans-oceanic migration in human history that connected and impacted 4 continents on both sides of the Atlantic and requires a comparative framework to study. Students will evaluate the methodological, conceptual, and historiographical debates dealing with the central role of slavery and the African diaspora in shaping the history of the Americas from the 15th to the 19th century. Many of our graduate students have taken qualifying exams in this field of study and several of our recent and current graduate students are completing dissertations on related topics.