It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Damian Pargas as the successor of Professor of Adam Fairclough to the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair in the History and Culture of the United States at Leiden University.
Damian Pargas is a social historian specialized in the history of slavery in the U.S. South, a topic on which he has authored two books and numerous articles. He is the recipient of a VIDI grant for the research project “Beacons of Freedom: Slave Refugees in North America, 1800-1860,” on which he is currently working with three Ph.D. candidates. In the newsletter of the Institute of History, he introduces himself:
The appointment of the new Sackler Professor is very exciting news for our master’s program, and on behalf of the entire North American Studies community I wish to congratulate Damian on his appointment to this prestigious endowed chair!
Chair, MA North American Studies
University of Leiden