Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers's primary research fields are slavery, African-American history, and U.S. women’s history. Her first book, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South explores white girls and women’s economic relationships to the institution of American slavery. She is currently at work on three new projects. Her first, Women, American Slavery, and the Law is a “legal sequel” to her first book. Her second, entitled “She had…a Womb Subjected to Bondage”: The Afro-Atlantic Origins of British Colonial Descent Law, examines the ways that West African customs and laws influenced may have influenced English thinking about matrilineal descent and their decisions to implement matrilineal descent laws in their North American colonies. Her third project, “A Country so dreadfull for a White Woman” reconstructs the lives of nearly 300 British women who traveled to the West African coast on Royal African Company slave ships and settled in the company’s forts and castles before 1750.