Devin Leigh

Devin Leigh


MA, Loyola University, Chicago, expected 2015.

     Current GPA: 3.835

BA, DePaul University, Chicago, 2012.

     Cumulative GPA: 3.997

Research Interests

      I am generally interested in urban, social, and environmental histories of America during the colonial era and the nineteenth century, especially approaches that address these periods with an emphasis on multicultural and regional perspectives. Currently, my research focuses on legend formation in the region of southeast Florida, the Florida Keys, and the Bahaman Islands over three centuries. More specifically, my research concentrates on the geographical region of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, attempting to position the elusive histories and the protean legends of the supposed pirate Black Caesar within a greater Atlantic and American context. For an historical model, my research uses The Legend of Gasparilla (1980) by the French anthropologist André-Marcel dAns. For a sample of my ongoing research, please see Ghost of the Gallows: the Historical Record of Black Caesar.

Related Employment (Teaching/Academic)


Reference Department Graduate Assistant (Cudahy Library), Loyola University Chicago, 2013-present.

Youth Tutor and Mentor, Howard Area Community Center, Chicago, 2013-present. 

History and Public Speaking Instructor, Private Practice, Seattle, WA, 2012-2013. 

Writing Tutor and Fellow (DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning), DePaul University, 2009-2012.


Guest Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago, History 203,

"American Pluralism: Abolitionism, the End of Slavery, and the Jim Crow South," February 25, 2014. 

Judge, The Chicago Metro History Fair (The Chicago Metro History Education Center), Various Locations, winter 2014. 

Afterschool Tutor, The Somali Community Service Center, Tukwila, WA, 2012-2013.

Afterschool Tutor (Women Living with Hope), Ana Roque de Duprey Elementary, Chicago, IL, 2009-2010. 

Historical Journalism, Publications, and Editorships

Contributor. The Lakefront Historian: A Student-Run Public History Blog from Chicago, Loyola University. 2014-present.


Essayist. “Ghost of the Gallows,” Students Creating Knowledge, vol. 5. (2012): 28-38. 


Essayist. “From Answers to Ignorance,” DePaul University, History Department e-Journal: (2012).


Assistant Editor. Students Creating Knowledge, vol. 4. (2011). 


Copyeditor. "The Double Threat of HIV/AIDS and Drought on Rural Household Food Security in Southeastern Zimbabwe,"

Anthropological Practice, vol. 35, no. 1 (2011): 167-186. 


Contributor. Honorable Mentions Newsletter, DePaul University, 2010-2012. 


Conference Papers

History Conferences:


"Reventant of the Keys: re-discovering the invented traditions of the pirate Black Caesar," 

Presented at the Loyola University Seventh Annual Graduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL, April 12, 2014. 


"Revenant of the Keys: re-discovering the invented traditions of the pirate Black Caesar,"

Presented at the Florida International University Graduate Student Conference,

"Conversations in History: Currents in the Atlantic World," Miami, FL, April 4, 2014.


"Cradle of Stories: selected antecedents to the Black Caesar Legends of Biscayne Bay,"

Presented at the North Carolina Graduate Student History Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 22, 2014.  


“Revenant of the Keys: re-discovering the invented traditions of the pirate Black Caesar," 

Presented at Northern Illinois University's Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference, DeKalb, IL, November 1, 2013. 


"Entradas to the Incomplete: sixteenth-century Spanish ‘conquests’ of the Amazon basin,” 

 Presented at DePaul University's Eighth Annual Student History Conference, Chicago, IL, April 27, 2012. 


"Trompe-l'œil: multi-layered visual deception at the church of St. George, Lalibela,"

 Presented at DePaul University's Seventh Annual Art History Symposium, Chicago, IL, May 3, 2012. 


"From Answers to Ignorance: Western cinema embracing the ambiguity of the African world,"

 Presented at DePaul University's Seventh Annual Student History Conference, Chicago, IL, April 29, 2011. 


"Humanitarian Collaboration: Examining the Complexities of Global Humanitarian Reform," 

Prestented at DePaul University's Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Chicago, IL, 2011. 


"Steal Away from Slavery: examining the resistive power of the slave song,"

 Presented at DePaul University's Sixth Annual Student History Conference, Chicago, IL, April 30, 2010. 


“Equality, a Gift from Death: the bubonic plague in England,"

Presented at DePaul University's First-Year Writing Showcase, Chicago, IL, May 15, 2009. 


Writing Center Conferences: 


Celebration of Writing Centers: Activism, Community, and Divserity Meet,"

Presented at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2010. 


            “Balancing Acts: Implementing Creativity in the Writing Center," 

            Presented at North Park University, Chicago, IL, 2010.


            "Performance in the Writing Center,"

            Presented at Columbia College, Chicago, IL, 2009. 


            Fixing the Fix-it Shop: A Practical Definition of an Indelible Phrase,"

            Presented at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2009.  

Awards and Fellowships

Summa cum laude (Academic Honors Student), DePaul University, 2012.

Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Student), DePaul University, 2010.

Deans Award for Excellence in Education, DePaul University, 2012.

Albert Erlebacher and Cornelius Sippel Award, DePaul University, 2012.

Writing Center Award for extraordinary contributions in tutoring, DePaul University, 2011-2012.

Premier DePaul Film Festival Award for best writing, DePaul University, 2011. 

First-Year Writing Program Liberal Arts Award for best essay, DePaul University, 2009.

Author: Devin Leigh
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