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Alan Gallay holds the Warner R. Woodring Chair in Atlantic World and Early American History. After receiving the bachelor's from Florida and a master's and doctorate from Georgetown, Gallay taught at the universities of Notre Dame, Mississippi, Western Washington, Harvard (as a Mellon Faculty Fellow) and Auckland, New Zealand (as a Fulbright Lecturer).
Twice he taught for the American Heritage Association in London. He also twice held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2002 Yale University Press published Gallay's "The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717." Based upon a dozen years of writing and research in archives in France, England, Scotland, and various repositories in the United States, the book shows how the trade in Indian slaves tied the South together as a region and laid the basis for the growth of African slavery. The book received the Bancroft Prize from Columbia University, the Washington State Book Award, and selection as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine. Library Journal identified the book as one of the eleven most important books on Native Americans published in the previous thirty years.