Skip to content

Dacia Mitchell

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • New York University
  • 3Followers
  • 4Following

Research interests

Consumer HistoryVisual CultureAtlantic History


My dis­ser­ta­tion, “Is a Laugh Trea­son?” Car­i­ca­ture, Slav­ery, and Cit­i­zen­ship in the Age of Rev­o­lu­tion, con­sid­ers print cul­ture, specif­i­cally car­i­ca­ture, in the Atlantic World from 1760 to 1848. My work sit­u­ates the his­tory of eigh­teenth cen­tury car­i­ca­ture and cap­i­tal­ism as a his­tory of bod­ies in tran­sit, both lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively. The move­ment of lit­eral bod­ies in the slave trade cre­ated an increased mean­ing — as they cir­cu­lated as labor­ers, con­sumers, and com­modi­ties, they sig­ni­fied and trans­lated their social and polit­i­cal sta­tus in print. In this con­text, rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the body become vital to our under­stand­ing of the nascent mod­ern socio-political land­scape. An analy­sis of what I call “infor­ma­tion cap­i­tal” requires dis­cus­sion not only of the cir­cu­la­tion of eigh­teenth cen­tury printed mate­ri­als — such as Atlantic print pam­phlets, peri­od­i­cals, cor­re­spon­dences, and broad­sides — but also the process of meaning-making in per­son­hood and cit­i­zen­ship. As yet, a crit­i­cal race the­ory that exam­ines car­i­ca­ture and print cul­ture of the eigh­teenth cen­tury Atlantic remains under­de­vel­oped. My project is designed to fill that void and will explain how artis­tic pro­duc­tion and com­mer­cial cir­cu­la­tion of the printed word and image were cen­tral to dis­courses of racial hier­ar­chy and modes of resis­tance in the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Atlantic World.


Followers (3)

Following (4)

Professional experience

Doctoral Candidate

New York University

September 2005 - Present



California College of the Arts

September 2001 - May 2003(2 years)


Carleton College

September 1994 - June 1998(4 years)