Cécile Vidal is professor (directrice d’études) of history at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences), Paris, France. She is a social historian of colonial empires, the slave trade and slavery in the Atlantic worlds from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. In addition to the prize-winning Histoire de l’Amérique française (History of French America, 2003; 5th ed. 2019), co-authored with Gilles Havard, she is the author of the prize-winning Caribbean New Orleans: Empire, Race, and the Making of a Slave Society (2019) and the editor or coeditor of ten collective volumes, including, most recently, Une histoire sociale du Nouveau Monde (A Social History of the New Word, 2021), and Les mondes de l’esclavage. Une histoire comparée (The Worlds of Slavery. A Comparatve History, 2021), co-edited with Paulin Ismard and Benedetta Rossi. She is currently working on a new research project on suicide, the slave trade, and slavery in the French and British Atlantics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World (CEFMF), Centre for Euopean Russian and Eurasian Studies, Jackman Humanities Institute