Andrea is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool and is writing a thesis on the sexual exploitation and abuse of enslaved women in Louisiana and Texas from 1803-1865. Andrea studied for her BA in Comparative American Studies at the University of Liverpool before taking time away to work and study in Japan. She then returned to Liverpool for her MA in Atlantic History and PhD research. She has held fellowships at the University of New York, University of New Orleans and the University of Georgia – conducting research in New Orleans, Athens (GA) and Harlem. Andrea is the founding chair of the ‘Regional Centre for American Studies’ (RCAS North-West), a fellow of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS) and has recently become the postgraduate representative for British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH).