Dr Natalie Zacek

Senior Lecturer

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I received my PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University in 2000, and since then have taught American history at the University of Manchester. Within the University, I am an active member of the American Studies Research Group and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. I am a member of the Royal Historical Society, the British Group in Early American History, British American Nineteenth-Century Historians, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.


Social responsibility

In 2010 I was awarded second place in the University's Community Service and Volunteer of the Year Awards (staff category), for my involvement with the Manchester branch of the Samaritans.

I an actively engaged in sharing my research and teaching expertise beyond the academic community. I taught several modules on slavery, abolition, and the American Civil War through the University's continuing education programme, led a workshop on the relationship between capitalism and transatlantic slavery at the Manchester Central Library, and have given talks on black history at the Manchester Histories Festival and to community, school, and religious groups.

In autumn 2017 I received an award from the University's Social Responsibility in the Curriculum fund, in support of a Black History Month exhibition and programme of events, "Bittersweet: Slavery and Abolition in Manchester," which I developed in conjunction with Manchester's Portico Library. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member, Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College

Editor, American Nineteenth Century History

Steering committee member, British American Nineteenth-Century Historians (BrANCH)

Editorial committee member, Manchester University Press

Editorial board member, European Association for American Studies book series

Steering committee member, Committee for the Defence of British Universities (2020 - 2021)

Editorial board member, New Historical Perspectives book series, Royal Historical Society (2016-2021)

Member, Lawrence W. Levine Prize Committee, Organization of American Historians (2020-2021)

Areas of expertise


  • United States; Caribbean; Atlantic; race; slavery; gender; material culture

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2000 - Doctor of Philosophy Johns Hopkins University
  • 1992 - Master of Arts Johns Hopkins University
  • 1988 - Bachelor of Arts Cornell University

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