Nathan E. Marvin has a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University. His work explores the entangled histories of race, slavery, and religion in France’s global empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, with a special focus on the Indian Ocean colonies of Réunion and Mauritius. His current manuscript project, “Bourbon Island Creoles: Race and Revolution in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies,” examines the impact of the French and Haitian Revolutions on the colonial societies of the French Indian Ocean world. His second project aims to uncover the perspectives of thousands of enslaved individuals held by French Catholic missionaries before 1848, in sites scattered throughout the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, and North America.
Marvin has held an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Sciences Research Council (2014-15) and a Virginia and Jean R. Perrette Fellowship from the John Carter Brown Library (2016). His essays have been published in French- and English-language journals and edited collections.