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Emilio Ocampo Eibenschutz

Graduate Student

Emilio Ocampo Eibenschutz

Educational Background

M.A. in Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World, University College London, UCL-Qatar (Distinction), 2015. 

B.S. in Foreign Service (Culture & Politics Hons.), Georgetown University, SFS-Qatar (Magna Cum Laude), 2013.


I am a PhD student working on the 19th century Indian Ocean. My research focuses on mobilities, exchanges, and wider maritime connections in East Africa and the Persian Gulf. My dissestation project, Trade, Abolitionism, and Empire: Slave Markets in the 19th Century Western Indian Ocean, examines slave markets  as a set of flexible contractual and business practices in the time of British abolitionism. More broadly, I am interested in translocalities and historical connectivities in the 'Global South,' particularly Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. 

My committee members are Eric Tagliacozzo (Chair), Mostafa Minawi, and Ernesto Bassi.


Indian Ocean, Transnational, Economic and Social History, Africa, Middle East., 19th Century.


  • History

Graduate Fields

  • Indian Ocean; Modern Middle East; Global Connections, Exchanges and Mobilities


In my dissertation I investigate how slave markets in the 19th century Western Indian Ocean were used by traders to adapt to political and legal changes associated with a growing British imperial presence. Focusing on commercial relationships, I use markets to conceptualize how slave traders adjusted their contractual and business practices to British abolitionism. In this project, slave markets become an entry point for examining the adaptability of local circuits of exchange and their influence on empire. Instead of fixed locations, I argue that slave markets should be seen as important loci for shifting business practices. Considering the politics informing abolitionism, my research approaches slave markets as a series of dynamic economic relationships and contractual arrangements. These constituted the backbone of Indian Ocean networks of exchange in a time when moral considerations over slavery were associated with imperial encroachments. 


Fall 2020


Hillman, S, Ocampo Eibenschutz, E. English, super‐diversity, and identity in the State of Qatar. World Englishes. 2018; 37: 228– 247.