George and Ann RichardsCivil War Era Center

Colored Conventions
Tony Frazier

Tony Frazier

Assistant Professor of History

Dr. Frazier is a historian of Modern Europe, with a specialty in eighteenth-century Black British History and the African Diaspora. He conducts research in the areas of enslaved Black British people in the eighteenth-century, African American memory, material culture, comparative slavery, and digital history. Dr. Frazier has taught courses in Early Modern European History, Modern European History, British History, African American history, African Diaspora, United States, and World History. He currently serves on the Council of the American Historical Association (AHA).

Dr. Frazier is currently writing his book manuscript tentatively titled Slaves Without Wages: Runaway Black Slaves and Servants in Eighteenth-Century London. This project investigates the meaning of freedom and liberty in English society, particularly as it relates to enslaved Black people, both before and after the 1772 Somerset Case. His research has been funded by the National Humanities Center.

After the completion of the book, Dr. Frazier will continue to work on several interrelated digital history projects: a project that focuses on the origins of Emancipation Days and memory in African American communities after the Civil War; the completion of a digital website about the Amistad revolt; serving as a Co-Pi team member on a digital humanities grant proposal titled “Digital Mapping:  The American Colonization Society and African American Emigration to Liberia, 1823-1906.” The proposed will expand current research on African American emigration to Liberia and return to the United States between 1823 and 1906.


Ph.D., Western Michigan University

M.A., North Carolina Central University

B.A., North Carolina Central University

Recent Publications:

Frazier, Tony, J. Jones, C. Jimenez, and S. Garcia. “Chapter 12: ‘Creating More Inclusive Spaces for African American Studies and Ethnic Studies in Digital Humanities Workshops.’” Digital Humanities Workshops, edited by Laura Estill and Jennifer Guiliano, 1st ed., Routledge, New York, NY, 2023.

Selected Awards and Fellowships:

National Humanities Center Fellow, 2021-2022

ACLS Fellow, New Storytellers Summer Research Institute in Digital Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 2021

Duke University Mellon Foundation-John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Digital Humanities Initiative Fellow, 2017-2018