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Ira Berlin

Distinguished University Professor
College of Arts and Humanities
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A leading expert in slavery, Ira Berlin is a Distinguished University Professor of history and has written extensively on American history and the larger Atlantic world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly the history of slavery.

Berlin has played a significant role in bringing African-American history to the forefront by contributing to projects such as the 2013 film "12 Years a Slave," the PBS-broadcast documentary "Prince Among Slaves," and HBO's "The Loving Story." 

Berlin is the author of numerous award-winning books on the topic of slavery, including The Making of African America - The Four Great Migrations (2010), which was reviewed by The New York Times in 2010. He has served as a consultant for the Smithsonian Institution, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the New-York Historical Society. 

Ph.D. History, University of Wisconsin