Mary Niall Mitchell is the Ethel & Herman L. Midlo Chair in New Orleans Studies, the Joseph Tregle Professor in Early American History, and Associate Professor of History at the University of New Orleans where she co-directs the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies. She is the author of Raising Freedom's Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future after Slavery (NYU Press, 2008). Her latest book project, The Slave Girl in the Archive, is a study of race, photography, slavery and memory in the nineteenth century. Prof. Mitchell is one of three lead historians for Freedomonthemove.org, a collaborative database of fugitive slave advertisements housed at Cornell. She has written for the New York Times Disunion blog, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, and Common-place.org. She has received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the J. William Fulbright Foundation.