Zoe Trodd is Professor of American Literature in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham, founding co-director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, and co-director of the university's research priority area in Rights and Justice. Her focus is the history, literature and visual culture of protest movements, especially antislavery.
She is a University of Nottingham Research Leader; a member of the AHRC Peer Review College; a member of the board of Historians Against Slavery; a Newnham College Associate; an editorial board member at the journals Slavery Today, the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Americana; an advisory board member at Harvard's Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program; and an affiliate to the Antislavery Literature Project.
She has a PhD and MA in American Studies from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Cambridge (Newnham College) in English Literature. Her PhD dissertation about the memory of abolitionism in American protest literature won the Helen Choate Bell Prize and was a finalist for the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize. Between 2001 and 2003 she was a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University. In 2008-09 she was an ACLS/Mellon Fellow and in 2009-10 she was a research fellow in the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC Chapel Hill. From 2010 to 2012, she taught at Columbia University in the English Department and the Institute for Research in African American Studies.