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Alexandra Finley

ABD History

Advisor: Scott Nelson
Current Research: Slavery, Economic History and Capitalism, Women, Gender, and Sexuality


Alexandra Finley graduated summa cum laude with research distinction in history from the Ohio State University in June 2010. Her undergraduate thesis, "Founding Chestnut Ridge: the Origins of Central West Virginia's Multiracial Community," won the department prize for best undergraduate research. Her master's thesis, completed at the College of William & Mary, looked at the experiences of interracial families in antebellum Virginia through the lives of Silas and Corinna Omohundro.

Her dissertation explores the economies of the domestic slave trade by looking at the intersection of slavery, family, and the marketplace. In 2014 she was awarded a Parker-Dooley Visiting Scholars Grant from the Southern Historical Collection at the Universisty of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and a Mellon Fellowship from the Virginia Historical Society.

Awards, Fellowships and Publications
  • awarded the Parker-Dooley Visiting Scholars Grant 2013-2014 at the Southern Historical Collection, UNC
  • 2014- Mellon Fellowship from Virginia Historical Society