Abraham Liddell is a historian who examines large-scale social change over time. As part of his research, he applies data-driven methods to examine the social networks of free and enslaved Africans and their descendants in the early modern Atlantic world and map observed social changes in their communities onto local and global historical events. A large part of his interest lies in developing ways to extract, transform, and analyze historical data to generate more precise insights into the historical past. His work intersects with scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and data science. He received his PhD in Latin American History from Vanderbilt University, where he also served as a fellow in the Center for Digital Humanities. More broadly, he is concerned with how data science can be used to positively impact marginalized communities. He is advised by Augustin Chaintreau and Christopher Brown.
Uncovering Neglected Stories of Enslavement with Machine Learning Tools