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- Associate Professor and Director of Student Experience, University of Warwick
Internal and External Roles
- Advisory Board, Cambridge University Legacies of Slavery Project
- Editorial Board, Historical Research - Institute of Historical Research (Oxford University Press)
- Executive Committee Member of the Society for Caribbean Studies
- Chair of the University of Warwick's Race Equality Taskforce
- Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA)
- Co-Chair of the Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Process in HE (Learning Circle, WIHEA)
- Committee Member of the Race, Ethnicity & Equality (REE) Working Group of the Royal Historical Society
- HI2D1 History in Practice: Public History and Heritage (undergraduate second-year History module)
- HI2E4 Research Project (undergraduate second-year History module)
- CE267 Race, Power and Community (undergraduate second-year CLL module)
- AM217 Caribbean History: From Colonialism to Independence (undergraduate second-year History module)
- HI989 Theories, Skills & Methods (MA Core Module)
- HI995 Themes & Approaches to the Historical Study of Empire (MA Taught Optional Module)
I am interested in constructions of 'race' and the ways people oppressed within society negotiate and navigate structures of power and inequality. My previous study explored the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century Caribbean and British Empire. In 2014, I completed my doctoral thesis, entitled 'To be despised' : Discourses of Sexual-economic Exchange in Nineteenth-century Jamaica, c.1780-1890. In this thesis, I analysed the ways in which women of African-descent were discussed in relation to prostitution, concubinage and other forms of sexual-economic exchange in legal, political and cultural discourses in nineteenth-century Jamaica.
I am also interested in exploring 'ethical' historical methodologies that empower and liberate marginalized communities.
In addition to my historical research, I am also currently involved in pedagogical research on student engagement, particularly in relation to BME student experience, student-community engagement, anti-racist pedagogies and inclusivity in teaching and the curriculum.
I am currently focused on the project, '"Decolonialism" and anti-racist student activism' led by Ala Sirriyeh (funded by The Sociological Review Foundation and British Academy/Leverhulme). In addition, I am in the early stages of a new community-engaged, collaborative and interdisciplinary project looking at slavery, archival silences, motherhood, and (re)memory.
I welcome applications from postgraduate students interested in researching the histories of race, gender and sexuality in the Caribbean and wider British Atlantic, as well as projects focused on the history of Afro-Caribbean people in Britain and community-engaged, decolonial and anti-racist scholarship.
Current PhD Supervision
- Subject: Black LGBTQ organizing in Britain
- Subject: British Rastafarian movement
- Subject: Queer history and museums
Most Recent Publications
‘Beyond Diversity: Anti-Racist Pedagogy in British History Departments’, Women’s History Review, Volume 28, Issue 3, 2019.
‘Teaching a History of Race and Anti-Racist Action in Academic Classroom’, (co-authored with Mark Hinton), AREA, 1 March 2019.
'By her unnatural and despicable conduct': motherhood and concubinage in the Watchman and Jamaica Free Press, 1830–1833,’
Slavery & Abolition, Volume 38, Number 2, Spring 2017, pp. 356-372.
'“Washing the Blackamoor White”: Interracial Intimacy and Coloured Women’s Agency in Jamaica' in Subverting Empire: Deviance and Disorder in the British Colonial World (Palgrave Macmillan, July 2015), edited by Will Jackson and Emily Manktelow.
'Review: Juanita de Barros, Reproducing the Caribbean: Sex, Gender, and Population Politics After Slavery’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Volume 16, Number 3, Winter 2015.
‘My Favourite Place: Jamaica’, BBC History Magazine, December 2018
‘How has migration changed the world?’, BBC World Histories: Fresh Perspectives on Our Global Past, Issue 11, August/September, 2018.
‘10 tips to choosing a history degree’, BBC History Magazine, September/October 2018.
BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, with Justine Green, 3 June 2018
NBC/Heyday Productions, “The Long Song” May 2018 to July 2018
BBC 2 Front Row late with Mary Beard, 25 May 2018