Gwyn Campbell, Indian Ocean World Centre

Gwyn Campbell holds a Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History at McGill University. He is the author and editor of many works, including An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750-1895: The Rise and Fall of an Island Empire and David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar". A specialist in the economic history of the Indian Ocean region, he is a member of McGill’s Centre for Developing Area Studies (CDAS) and African Studies Program. He also established the Zanzibar portion of McGill’s Africa Field Studies Program in collaboration with IOWC associate Abdul Sherrif.

Alessandro Stanziani, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Alessandro Stanziani is the Directeur d’études at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and Centre national de la recherche scientifique, and is a Professeur affilié at the École normale supérieure de Cachan. He is the author of several books, including Rules of Exchange: French Capitalism in Comparative Perspective, Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Centuries and Bâtisseurs d'empires: Russie, Chine et Inde à la croisée des mondes, XVe-XIXe siècle. His fields of interests center on Russian economic and social history, food history, the history of competition in the West and the global history of labour in Eurasia.

Margaret Kalácska, McGill University

Margaret Kalácska is a Professor in the Department of Geography at McGill University. Her main research interests include ecological applications of remote sensing, forensic applications of remote sensing, hyperspectral data analysis, machine learning (pattern recognition, Bayesian Networks, classification), spatial modeling and tropical ecology.

Isabelle Guérin, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne

Isabelle Guérin is a Research Fellow with the Development and Societies unit of the Université de Paris I, Sorbonne, and with the Institute of Research for Development, as well as an affiliate of the French Institute of Pondicherry, where she heads the "Labour, finance and social dynamics" research programme. She is a specialist on the social fabric of labour and credit markets, notably on the relationship between contracts, debt bondage and indebtedness in South India.

Jon Unruh, McGill University

Jon Unruh is an Associate Professor of Geography at McGill University. His research, applied and policy work over the past 20 years has dealt with post-conflict land and property rights in the developing world, and the intersection of land tenure and environmental change. His past endeavors have focused on conflict resolution, land policy and law, restitution, legal pluralism, approaches to reconciling customary and formal tenure systems, and agriculture in postwar and peace-building scenarios. His experience includes work in Sudan, Liberia, Somalia, Mozambique, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zanzibar, Ethiopia, Uganda, Madagascar and Colombia.

Antonio Mendes, Université de Nantes

Antonio Mendes is a Maître de Conférences at the Université de Nantes and a specialist in the history of the Portuguese slave trade. He is also a member of the Centre de recherches en histoire internationale et atlantique and Centre international de recherches sur les esclavages, a research affiliate of the EHESS, Centro de Historia de Além-Mar in Lisbon and Emory University, and co-organizer of a monthly seminar series entitled, "Les Traites: XVe-XXe siècles."

 David Picherit, University of Oxford

David Picherit is a Research Fellow in Anthropology at the Université de Paris I, Sorbonne’s Institut d’étude du développement économique et social, where he directs labour research issues on the "Employment, Indebtedness and Migrations (India, Mexico and Madagascar)" project. He is also an expert on labour in India and directs the French Institute of Pondicherry’s "Labour: Popular Worlds and Globalisation" project.


Tonia Warnecke, Rollins College

Tonia Warnecke is Associate Professor of Business & Social Entrepreneurship and Co-Director of the Center for India & South Asia at Rollins College, USA. She was the 2013 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in International Development Studies at McGill University. An economist by training, she specializes in gender and development issues, including labor, finance, and social policy. She is committed to policy-oriented, interdisciplinary research, and is currently writing a book aimed at improving opportunities for informal sector female entrepreneurs in China and India.


Tyler Yank, Indian Ocean World Centre

Tyler Yank began the McGill history doctoral program in 2013, supervised by Dr. Gwyn Campbell with the Indian Ocean World Centre.  Tyler is greatly interested in the Indian Ocean slave trade and all of the actors unique to it: African peoples, Omani sultans, Persian traders, European imperial agents and British Royal Navy sailors. For her dissertation, Tyler hopes to build a more complete portrait of enslaved African women in Mauritius, and the environmental, economic and socio-cultural trends that shaped the slave trade and Britain’s abolitionist (and colonial) activities in the early and mid-nineteenth century on the island.

Claude Chevaleyre, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Claude Chevaleyre pursues doctoral studies in Chinese history at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) under the direction of Professor Pierre-Etienne Will (Collège de France). His dissertation deals with the social status and identity of so-called “bondservants” in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. His research focuses on late imperial social and legal history and pays particular attention to the Ming-Qing transition period.

Lorna Mungur, Indian Ocean World Centre

Lorna Mungur holds a BA in History from McGill University and is currently pursuing her MA there. Her research interests include the different forms of slavery and unfree labour in the Western Indian Ocean world, the relation between natural disasters and unfree labour, and British colonies in the Indian Ocean world.

Laura De Lisi, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Laura De Lisi is a PhD student at the Paris School of Economics and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and ATER at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille. She specialises in child labor in West Africa from a multidisciplinary point of view. Her research interests on the subject include the role of poverty and family dynamic strategies, involving also the issue of forced child labour.