Tabetha Ewing, Associate Professor of History at Bard College; former Dean of Studies, Bard High School Early College (June 2009- June 2014) is author of Rumor, Diplomacy and War in Enlightenment Paris (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2014). Her teaching and research interests are in the socio-cultural and socio-political history of 18th-century France, early-modern media, early-modern city, early-modern women and gender, old-regime borders, old-regime police, francophone black diasporic thought, and négritude.
Her current research is on Extradition in the Age of Kings: Of Runaway Wives, Fugitive Slaves, Dissident Writers, Counterfeiters, & Spies. It explores the confluence of emergent state and individual sovereignty and international policing before the era of modern extradition treaties and national borders. Using diplomatic correspondence and the supplication letters of the detainees, these chapters will show political subjectivity unfolding, not only in the world of ideas or revolutionary events or among a special class of subject, but also in the confrontation of states around often marginal subjects who transgress and, in doing so, invent political boundaries.