Chelsey Hendry-Simmons


Lake City, Florida


BA in History, Minor in African Studies, University of Florida


Caribbean History, Historical Demography, Afro-Caribbean Diasporas, Transatlantic Slave Trade, Race, Gender, Women in Slavery, Haiti/Colonial Saint-Domingue


Chelsey began her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida in Public Health, a path that eventually led her to African Studies, as well as her passion for history. Throughout the rest of her undergraduate career, her interests expanded into Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly Haiti. Chelsey was inducted as a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society and served as a contributor and editor for Alpata, the University of Florida's Journal of History. Chelsey also volunteered for UF's English Language Institute (ELI) by assisting students in need of intensive English tutoring. She was the recipient of the Dean's Medal for Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences for Spring of 2016. Currently, Chelsey is a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow for Haitian Creole and serves as the Treasurer for the Student Association of Latin American Studies (SALAS). Her research is a demographic study of enslaved people on agricultural plantations in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, particularly with regard to gender and racial categorization. When she is not working on her studies, Chelsey enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their dog, Bear.