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Dr Meleisa Ono-George




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Academic Profile

  • Associate Professor and Director of Student Experience, University of Warwick

Internal and External Roles


Previous Teaching


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 in Jamaica were discussed in relation to prostitution, concubinage and other forms of sexual-economic exchange in legal, political and cultural discourses in nineteenth-century Jamaica and Britain.

I am also interested in exploring 'ethical' historical methodologies that empower and liberate marginalized communities, particularly communities of Afro-Caribbean ancestry.

In addition to my historical research, I am also currently involved in pedagogical research on student engagement, particularly in relation to BPOC 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 experiences of African-diasporic women and mothering in late nineteenth-century Britian.

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

Sue Lemos

  • Subject: Black LGBTQ organizing in Britain

Aleema Gray

  • Subject: British Rastafarian movement

Hannah Ayres

  • Subject: Queer history and museums

Most Recent Publications

"Power in the Telling": Community-Engaged Histories of Black Britain, History Workshop Online, November 2019

‘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.

Media Engagement

‘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