Peter Kolchin, who received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1970, specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. history, the South, slavery and emancipation, and comparative history. His books include First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama’s Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction (1972, revised ed. 2008), Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (1987), American Slavery, 1619-1877 (1993, revised ed. 2003), and A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth-Century South in Comparative Perspective (2003). Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Organization of American Historians’ Avery Craven Award, and the Southern Historical Association’s Charles Sydnor Award, he is also a recipient of the Francis Alison Award, the University of Delaware’s highest faculty honor for research, teaching, and service. He is currently working on a comparative study of emancipation and its aftermath in Russia and the U.S. South, and is the 2014 President of the Southern Historical Association.