Mary Niall Mitchell, Ph.D.

Mary Niall Mitchell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies
Ethel and Herman L. Midlo Endowed Chair
Joseph Tregle Professor of Early American History


Office: Suite 304, Earl K. Long Library
Phone: 504-280-6144



Educational Background:
Ph..D., New York University, 2001

Research Interests:
U.S. South, Slavery & Emancipation, Nineteenth-Century Cultural History, Visual Culture

Mary Niall Mitchell is Ethel & Herman L. Midlo Chair in New Orleans Studies, Joseph Tregle Professor in Early American History, and Associate Professor of History at the University of New Orleans where she co-directs the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies. She is the author of Raising Freedom's Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future after Slavery (NYU Press, 2008). Her latest book project, The Slave Girl in the Archive, is a study of race, photography, slavery and memory in the nineteenth century.  Prof. Mitchell is one of three lead historians for, a collaborative database of fugitive slave advertisements housed at Cornell.  She has written for the New York Times Disunion blog, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, and She has received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and J. William Fulbright Foundation.

Courses Taught


  • Women and Slavery in the Americas
  • Free People of Color in the Americas
  • The Visual Culture of the Civil War
  • Nineteenth-Century Lives
  • Research in New Orleans History: New Historiography


  • U.S. Cultural History (graduate)