2022-2023: Dorothy Porter & Charles Harris Wesley Fellow
Aabid Allibhai is a PhD Candidate in the Department of African & African American Studies. His area of specialization is the history of the Black Atlantic.
For his fellowship project, Allibhai will work on the dissertation Belinda Sutton’s World: Slavery, Legal Activism, and Abolition in Revolutionary New England. It is a study of legal activism and intellectual thought of enslaved people in 18th century New England, told through the life of Belinda Sutton, a woman from the Gold Coast enslaved by Harvard Law School’s co-founder, Isaac Royall. Her life shows how the enslaved theorized their worlds and developed their own ethical commitments that guided their politics, generates a new history of abolition, and pushes scholars to acknowledge the robust ethical legacy the enslaved left in their wake.