María Esther Hammack

María Esther Hammack

María Esther Hammack

Assistant Professor of African American History
She, Her, Hers

Dulles Hall
230 Annie & John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Office Hours

T, TH, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
& by Appointment

Areas of Expertise

  • Diaspora, Black Liberation, Early American Abolition, North American Freedom, American Slavery,
  • Underground Railroad, Atlantic World, AfroMexico


  • McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021-23)
  • University of Texas at Austin, Ph. D. (2021)
  • East Carolina University, M. A. (2015)
  • East Carolina University, B. A. (2012)

Dr. María Esther Hammack is a Mexican scholar and public historian whose work bridges the histories of liberation and abolition that shaped the US, Mexico, and Canada. Her first book, Channels of Liberation: Freedom Fighters in the Age of Abolition reexamines the Underground Railroad to reconsider & broaden the actors, timelines, and geographies of Black Liberation in North America through the experiences of Black Americans, principally women, who left the United States to claim freedom in Mexican spaces. 

Courses Taught

Autumn 2023

HIST/AFAM 3086: Black Women in Slavery & Freedom

Spring 2024

HIST/AFM 2080: African American History to 1877

HIST/AFAM 3081: Free Black People in Antebellum America


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