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Dr Meleisa Ono-George




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Academic Profile

  • Director of Student Experience and Associate Professor (Caribbean History), University of Warwick

Oversee and manage all aspects of student experience in the Department of History, including the development of strategies, practices and initiatives to achieve the best possible overall experience for our students at all stages of the student lifecycle, from recruitment to graduation.

Internal and External Roles



My research focuses on 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.

In addition to my research on discourses of women's sexual praxis and lived experiences, as Director of Student Experience, I am also currently involved in pedagogical research on student engagement, particularly in relation to BME student experience, student-community engagement, and inclusivity in teaching and the curriculum.

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 scholarship.

Most Recent Publications

'By her unnatural and despicable conduct': motherhood and concubinage in the Watchman and Jamaica Free Press, 1830–1833,’ Slavery & Abolition (April 2017)

'“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.