Steve Behrendt

Associate Professor School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

Atlantic world history 1492-1850, Transatlantic slave trade

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MA PhD Wisc

Office hours

Thursday 2:15-4:00pm (weeks 1-6); Weeks 7-12 TBA.


Before joining Victoria University in 1999, Steve taught at Drake University (1993-94) and the University of Northern Iowa (1994-95). In 1996-97 he was a Visiting Scholar at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, and in 1997-98 he was a Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University.

Steve is an Honorary Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the History for Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull. See the Wilberforce Associates website

Research areas

Steve wrote his MA thesis and PhD dissertation on the 18th Century British slave trade and has expertise in the following research areas:

  • transatlantic slave trade
  • maritime history
  • Atlantic history
  • pre-colonial African history
  • Caribbean history
  • medical history
  • British Empire.

Current research

Steve is writing Liverpool, the Slave Trade, and Atlantic History (for Liverpool University Press), and is enhancing an online database on Liverpool's maritime history, 1700-1850, a project funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand's Marsden Fund (2010-2013), with information on 20,000 Lancashire probate valuations.

Recent publications

  • Stephen D. Behrendt and Peter M. Solar, 'Sail on, Albion: the Usefulness of Lloyd's Registers for Maritime History, 1760–1840', International Journal of Maritime History, 26, 3 (July 2014), 568–586
  • Stephen D. Behrendt, Carl W. Blackmun, Linda R. Gray and Robert A. Hurley, 'Designing a Multi-Source Relational Database: "Liverpool as a Trading Port, 1700-1850,"' International Journal of Maritime History, 22, 1 (June 2012), 265-300.
  • Stephen D. Behrendt, A. J. H. Latham and David Northrup, The Diary of Antera Duke, an Eighteenth-Century African Slave Trader (New York, Oxford University Press, 2010), 300pp.
  • Stephen D. Behrendt, 'The Transatlantic Slave Trade,' in Robert Paquette and Mark Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010), 251-74.
  • Stephen D. Behrendt, ‘Ecology, Seasonality and the Transatlantic Slave Trade,' in Bernard Bailyn and Patricia L. Denault, eds., Soundings in Atlantic History: Latent Structures and Intellectual Currents, 1500-1830, (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2009), 44-85, 461-85.
  • Co-author of a data archive of 34,890 slaving voyages (Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade), Emory University, 2008,
  • Stephen D. Behrendt, ‘Human Capital in the British Slave Trade,' in David Richardson, Suzanne Schwarz and Anthony Tibbles, eds., Liverpool and Transatlantic Slavery, (Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2007), 66-97.