Research Assistant Professor in Communication of Science and Technology
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Academic Affairs, Affiliated Faculty History
Angela Sutton is a social and digital historian of the Atlantic World interested in the tools and methods that preserve and widen access to the sources that help refine popular understandings of American slavery and its modern consequences. Her work on the intersections between slavery, memory, the digital, and the city has appeared in The Historical Journal, the Afro-Hispanic Review, archipelagos, Slavery & Abolition, and the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation. She is the director of the Fort Negley Descendants Project, an oral history archive of the descendants of the enslaved who built and defended Fort Negley, a local Civil War fortification on the UNESCO Route of Enslaved Persons. Her team has completed the Builders & Defenders database, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Park Service, which makes available online for the first time the names and biographical information of over 18,000 enslaved and free Black Civil War laborers and soldiers of Nashville. She has most recently won an NEH grant to continue ethnographic and archaeological work with archaeologists from MTSU and the descendants of a neighborhood of Black veterans and their families in the area of Fort Negley Park known as Bass Street.