Nicole Dressler, Lecturer of History, received her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. Before joining the William & Mary faculty, she was a dissertation fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. She is currently working on a manuscript that explores the role that British convict transportation and penal servitude in America played in the early history of humanitarianism. Her scholarly interests include the history of unfree labor, the development of abolitionism in the British Empire, and humanitarianism and human rights in the Atlantic World. She is teaching lecture classes on early American history, a senior seminar on the American Revolution, and a freshman seminar on the Transatlantic Slave Trade.