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 of the Trade, reorients our understanding of the British Atlantic slave trade by centering the lives and experiences of English, African, and Afro-English women in its telling. Her second, Women, American Slavery, and the Law, is a “legal sequel” to her first book. Her third project, 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.