Kevin Dawson is a professor of the African diaspora and Atlantic history at UC Merced. His scholarship considers how enslaved Africans recreated Atlantic African aquatic traditions throughout the Americas, focusing on swimming, underwater diving, canoeing, fishing, and surfing. Dr. Dawson has published numerous articles, including “Enslaved Swimmers and Divers in the Atlantic World,” (Journal of American History, March, 2006); “Enslaved Ship Pilots in the Age of Revolutions,” (Journal of Social History, Fall, 2013), and “Sea of Caribbean Islands: Maritime Maroons in the Greater Caribbean,” (Slavery & Abolition, Fall 2021). His book Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora (University of Pennsylvania Press: 2018), received the 2019 Harriet Tubman Prize from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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