R. Isabela Morales is an author, historian, and museum professional based in New Jersey. Her first book, Happy Dreams of Liberty: An American Family in Slavery and Freedom, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in May 2022. She is the Editor and Project Manager of Princeton University's expansive public history initiative, The Princeton & Slavery Project. Her research for the project has been featured in The New York Times.
Dr. Morales received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2019, specializing in the 19th-century United States, slavery, and emancipation. She completed an M.A. in history from Princeton in 2014 and a B.A. in history and American Studies from The University of Alabama in 2012. She is committed to making historical research accessible to diverse audiences, and has lectured widely on slavery and American history at academic conferences, university seminars, and community events.