V.F. (Viola) Müller MA

  • PhD candidate
  • Slavery Studies
  • Migration and Integration
  • (Latin) American History

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7177
E-Mail: v.f.muller@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Economische en Sociale geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.18a

Fields of interest

  • Global History
  • Atlantic Word
  • Caribbean History
  • African Diaspora
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Music


Viola Müller’s PhD project will examine slave refugees within the US South, including Spanish Florida and Mexican Texas, with a particular emphasis on the nature of illegal freedom and its consequences for refugees’ assimilation processes. It examines the motivations behind slave flight within the slaveholding states of the South, especially to urban centers, from ca. 1800 to 1860. It will also explore the impact of slave flight on southern discussions regarding urban slavery and the legal status of free black populations.
The research is part of a broader project consisting of a comparative synthesis and two more PhD projects which will apply a social-historical approach to examine and contrast the various groups of refugees that sought “beacons of freedom” within North America in the antebellum period.

Teaching activities

Teaching responsibility in second and third year.

Curriculum vitae

M.A. History (research): Migration and Global Interdependence, Leiden University, 2015, cum laude
B.A. Latin American Studies, University of Cologne, 2012

Last Modified: 16-02-2016