Steve Behrendt

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


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Atlantic world history 1492-1850, Transatlantic slave trade

Steve Behrendt is the Acting Deputy Head of School


  • MA, PhD Wisconsin

Office hours

Tuesday 1:15pm to 2:00pm.


Before joining Victoria University of Wellington 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 social (but not cultural), economic and political history in the following research areas:

  • transatlantic slave trade (maritime, economic)
  • Atlantic history, including pre-colonial Africa
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Liverpool/Lancashire history
  • maritime history
  • medical history
  • British Empire
  • quantitative methods
  • Digital Humanities.

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 75,000 Lancashire/Cheshire probate valuations, 1780-1840.

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), 300 pp.
  • 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 2020