- First Name
- Last Name
- United Kingdom
- University of Manchester
- Website URL
- slavery, gender, race, material culture, Caribbean, horse-racing, antebellum South
- Media Contact
- Additional Contact Information
- I am on research leave until September 2018.
- About Me
I am an historian of colonial America, the antebellum South, and the Caribbean, with particular interests in slavery, race, gender, and material culture. I teach a variety of courses on American history, including modules on race, gender, and sexuality in the South, the American Gothic tradition, and the United States as a postcolonial nation.
My first monograph, Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670-1776 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) won the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize. I am currently completing a book on horse-racing, elite formation, and regional and national identity in the 19th-century U.S., after which I will begin a new project on the ways in which absentee planters from the West Indies transformed the social, cultural, and material world of London in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
I am active in public history initiatives, most recently having organized a Black History Month exhibition at Manchester’s Portico Library, on the history of slavery and abolition in Manchester (https://www.creativetourist.com/event/bittersweet-legacies-of-slavery-and-abolition-in-manchester/).
- Recent Publications
“The Caribbean and West Indies,” in Jeremy Gregory, ed., The Oxford History of Anglicanism, vol. II: Establishment and Empire: The Development of Anglicanism, 1662-1829 (Oxford University Press, 2017)
“Great Tangled Cousinries: Jewish Intermarriage in the British West Indies,” in Michael Halevy, ed., A Sefardic Pepper-Pot in the Caribbean: History, Language, Art, and Culture (Tirocinio, 2016)
“Reading the Rebels and Mining the Maps: Digital Humanities and Cartographic Narratives,” American Historical Review 121:1 (February 2016)
“Intimate Enemies: French and English Settlers and Commentators in Colonial St. Kitts,” Revista de Indias 75: 263 (April 2015)
“The Freest Country: Jews of the British Atlantic, ca. 1600-1800,” in D’Maris Coffman, et al., eds., The Atlantic World (Routledge, 2014)
“Unsettled Houses: The Material Culture of the Missionary Project in Jamaica in the Era of Emancipation,” Slavery and Abolition 35:3 (Autumn 2014); co-authored with Laurence Brown. Reprinted in Christer Petley and Stephan Lenik, eds., Material Cultures of Slavery and Abolition in the British Caribbean (Routledge, 2016)
“West Indian Echoes: Dodington House, the Codrington Family, and Caribbean Heritage,” in Madge Dresser, et al., eds., Slavery and the British Country House (English Heritage, 2013)
- Media Coverage
- Country Focus
- United States, Britain, Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts
- Expertise by Geography
- Atlantic, Caribbean, England, North America, United Kingdom, United States
- Expertise by Chronology
- 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
- Expertise by Topic
- American Founding Era, Colonialism, Emancipation, Gender, Museums, Public History, Race, Sexuality, Slavery, Women