Steve Behrendt

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


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Atlantic world history 1492-1850, Transatlantic slave trade

Steve Behrendt is the Acting Deputy Head of School


  • MA, PhD Wisconsin

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.

Steering Committee, Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.

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 Robert A. Hurley,'Liverpool as a Trading Port: Sailors’ Residences, African Migrants, Occupational Change and Probated Wealth', International Journal of Maritime History, 29, 4 (Nov. 2017), 875–910.
  • 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.


Teaching in 2019