Elise A. Mitchell is a Ph.D. candidate in Atlantic World History and Caribbean and Latin American History at the Department of History at New York University. Her dissertation, "Smallpox and Slavery: Morbidity, Medical Intervention, and Enslaved People's Lives in the Greater Caribbean," considers how smallpox quarantines, treatments, and inoculations affected enslaved Africans during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her broader research interests include the history of the black body, Caribbean slavery, the history of medicine, history of public health, and gender and women's history. She was a co-chair of the conference, "(En)gendering the Atlantic World." Elise will be a dissertation fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Before pursuing her Ph.D. at New York University, Elise graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History with honors. Her honors thesis, "Infectious Blackness: Slavery, Englishness, and Representations of the Body in the British West Indies (c. 1770-1807)," was completed with the support of grants from the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the University Scholars Program. "Infectious Blackness" won awards from the Center for Africana Studies and the Department of History. She also served as a coordinator for Ase Academy, an academic and cultural enrichment program for youth in Philadelphia.