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Alexis Guilbault

  • Term Professor
  • ​PhD, Indiana University, 2021 
    Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2022​

  • History
  • ​​18th & 19th Century U.S. History, Colonialism, & Comparative Slavery


​PhD, Indiana University, 2021


Dr. Guilbault​'s research focuses on unfreedom in the Ohio River Valley, a region that includes Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky. Her work moves beyond the Ohio River's storied reputation as the border between the “free North" and the “slave South" to reveal a longer, more complex history of slavery from precontact to the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865. She published an article titled “'You will settle and dispose of them to the most advantage': Colonialism and the Expansion of Native Slavery, 1750-1800" in Ohio Valley History in 2021, which explores the lives of white, Black, and Native bondspeople and how Black enslavement and Indigenous dispossession fueled colonialism in the midcontinent.


Dr. Guilbault teaches classes in United States History to 1800 and North American Colonial History. She also teaches Native American & Indigenous history and hopes ​​​​​​to offer a history of the U.S. Midwest class in the future.