Jane Hooper

Jane Hooper

Jane Hooper

Associate Professor

World History: Global and world history; Indian Ocean history; History of Madagascar

Jane Hooper received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010. She teaches courses in global and Indian Ocean history, as well as the history of Africa and the slave trade. Her book, Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600-1800, was published in 2017 by Ohio University Press as part of their Indian Ocean Studies series. She has also written articles about pirates, the slave trade from the Indian Ocean to the Americas, and teaching the trans-Atlantic slave trade. She is currently conducting research into American commerce and whaling in the Indian Ocean during the first half of the nineteenth century. She was awarded a research grant from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium to support this archival research in 2016-7.


Current Research

She is currently examining the extent of American activity in the southwestern Indian Ocean during the first half of the nineteenth century, when whalers and merchants from New England ports began to visit the region.

Selected Publications

Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600-1800, Indian Ocean Studies Series, Ohio University Press, June 2017.

Bibliographical guide, “Madagascar,” Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, 2015.

Article, “The Indian Ocean in Transatlantic Slavery,” co-written with David Eltis, Slavery & Abolition, volume 34 (3), 2013.

Article, "Pirates and Kings: Power on the Shores of Early Modern Madagascar," Journal of World History, volume 20 (2), June 2011.

Grants and Fellowships

Research fellowship, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, 2016-7

Courses Taught

HIST 125: Introduction to World History

HIST 261: Introduction to African History

HIST 387: Pirates, Sailors, and Slaves: History of the Indian Ocean

HIST 387: History of Globalization

HIST 387: Africa in the Era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

HIST 535/615/635: History of the Tran-Atlantic Slave Trade



Ph D., History, Emory University, 2010

          Dissertation: An Island Empire in the Indian Ocean: The Sakalava Empire of             Madagascar

M.A., History, Emory University, 2008

B.A., History, Grinnell College, 2003