Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1993
Academic & Professional Interests
Peabody specializes in the history of slavery, freedom and the law in the French empire, 1600-1850. She is past president of the French Colonial Historical Society and serves on the editorial board of French Colonial History. She teaches early modern European society and culture, especially France and England; European colonialism 1450–1850; the Atlantic history of slavery, abolition and emancipation; and European women's history.
Peabody's publications include There Are No Slaves in France: The Political Culture of Race and Slavery in the Ancient Regime (Oxford University Press, 1996); The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, ed. with Tyler Stovall (Duke University Press, 2002); Slavery, Freedom and the Law in the Atlantic World, with Keila Grinberg (Bedford Books, 2007) and articles in French Historical Studies, Journal of Social History,and Annales: Histoire/Sciences Sociales. She is currently writing the biography of Furcy, a man who challenged his slavery in the French courts of the nineteenth century.