About and Contact

The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History Conference 2013, Liverpool, Britain.
Speaking at ‘The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History’ Conference in 2013, Liverpool.

I am a historian based in the UK, and was recently a Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History at UCL Institute of the Americas.  I have taught history for ten years in higher education, at not only UCL but also Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University) and in the Department of History at the University of York (where I completed my doctorate in History in 2010 and where from 2013-14 I was a Teaching Fellow in Modern History).  I work on twentieth century British imperial history (particularly with relation to the Caribbean), the black presence in imperial Britain, the black experience of the British Empire, and how race and empire impacted more broadly on twentieth-century British identity, politics, society and culture.

My specialist focus of research to date has concerned the life and work of the black Trinidadian Marxist and Pan-Africanist intellectual and activist C.L.R. James (1901-1989) a writer, radical historian and political thinker who made a profound contribution to, among other areas, the making of modern multi-cultural, ‘post-colonial’ Britain.  I am the author of C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain and Chris Braithwaite: Mariner, Renegade and Castaway, the editor of a special edition of C.L.R. James’s 1934 play about the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint Louverture: The story of the only successful slave revolt in history, and the co-editor of Celebrating C.L.R. James in Hackney, London and The Black Jacobins Reader.  I am a member of the Black and Asian Studies Association, the Society for Caribbean Studies, and the Socialist History Society.

Anyway, thanks for your interest – if you have any questions about my research or work etc please do get in touch using the form below…many thanks.

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