Dr Alasdair Pettinger is an independent scholar, based, since 1992, in Glasgow. He has held visiting research fellowships at theUniversity of Central Lancashire (2000), Nottingham Trent University (2004-2007) and the University of Liverpool (2010-2013). He is the editor of the anthology Always Elsewhere: Travels of the Black Atlantic (1998) and serves on the editorial board of Studies in Travel Writing as well as curating its website. He has published numerous articles that reflect his overlapping interests in travel literature, the cultures of slavery and abolitionism, and representations of Haiti. His current projects include a study of Frederick Douglass’ visit to Scotland in the 1840s and a history of the word voodoo in English.