Joanne is a member of the Coordinating team and our chief historian. A professor with a PhD from Brown University, her fields of interest include the history of racial production in the United States, slavery and emancipation, nineteenth-century American culture and social history, and nineteenth-century African American history. Joanne is the author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860. She is in demand as a speaker, panelist and facilitator but is faithful in working with us in developing exhibits for the museum, facilitating several of our programs, being our resident expert and generally being a member of the core team.