Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
B.A. University of Washington, 2003 (Business and History)
M.Litt. University of St. Andrews, 2005
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Matthew Mitchell is broadly interested in joint-stock companies and in the commercial engagement of early modern Britain with the rest of the Atlantic World. His main project during his time in the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is a book manuscript on the Royal African Company of England. The RAC purchased African gold for the Royal Mint and enslaved African laborers for the American plantations, offering in exchange a great volume and variety of European and Asian goods into West Africa. The great complexity of this exchange did much to prevent the RAC from matching the success and longevity of its fellow joint-stock firm, the East India Company; even so, the RAC helped to create a system of trade and a shared Atlantic commercial culture that (often uncomfortably) embraced four continents.