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Associate Professor of African American Studies and History

Peter James Hudson is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies who works at the intersection of US history and African Diaspora and Caribbean cultural studies.

Peter James Hudson is a historian who completed his Ph.D. in the American Studies Program at New York University. His research interests are in the history of capitalism, white supremacy, and U.S. imperialism; the intellectual and political-economic history of the Caribbean and the Black world; and the history of Black radicalism and global anti-imperialism. He is the author of Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean (University of Chicago Press, 2017).


PhD American Studies, New York University, 2007



Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017 and 2018).

Essays and Articles

Fighting Back: Comments on Imperial Banking and Caribbean Resistance, Antipode Foundation (November 2018).

Banking on a ‘shithole’: US-led racial capitalism in Haiti began long before Trump, London School of Economics Latin American and Caribbean Center, (April 4, 2018).

Architecture and Black Autonomy, Mark Bradford: Tomorrow is Another Day, Christopher Bedford and Kay Siegel, eds. (Gregory R. Miller and Co. 2017), 19-27

Racial Capitalism and the Dark Proletariat, Boston Review: Forum I, (January 2017), 59-65

Who killed Robert McCulloch’s Father? Los Angeles Review of Books (September 18, 2014)

On African Canadian Thought (co-authored with Dr. Aaron Kamugisha), The CLR James Journal: Journal of the Caribbean Philosophical Association September 23, 2014

On the history and historiography of banking in the Caribbean, Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform of Criticism 43 (March 2014), 22-37

The National City Bank of New York and Haiti, 1909-1922, Radical History Review, 115 (Winter 2013), 91-114

African Diaspora Studies and the Corporate Turn, Aswad Forum, No. 1 (2013) Germaine, Evangeline, and other ‘Negro girls’: Rudy Burckhardt’s Caribbean, Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform of Criticism 37 (March 2012), 1-19

Reviews and Review Essays

Review of The Caribbean Memory Project, sx archipelagos 2 (July 2017).

The Racist Dawn of Capitalism: Unearthing the Economy of Bondage, Boston Review, March 14, 2016.

Review of B.W. Higman and Kathleen E.A. Monteith, eds, West Indian Business History: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, (Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2010) and Eric Armstrong, A History of Money and Banking in Barbados, 1627-1973 (Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2010) Caribbean Studies, 40.2 (2012): 211-217.

A radical rereading of the life of Malcolm X: Review of Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, The Guardian (16 April 2011).