Monthly Archives: February 2020

2020 Updates

I am delighted to announce that in January 2020 I started a new position as Wilberforce Professor of Slavery and Emancipation and Director of the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull. Our mission is to use the lessons the past and the efforts of abolitionists, eaded by William Wilberforce from Hull, to end slavery in the British Empire in the 1830s, to eradicate the crime of slavery in the present. I am the thirrd director and follow in the footstpes of two very distinguished scholars of slavery and emancipation – Professor David Richardson and Professor John Oldfield. Our team of scholars includes people expert in historical slavery and in modern slavery. It is a great honour to join this team, and continue the inspirational work of the Wilberforce Institute which has done so much to produce knowledge about slavery historical and contemporary since its founding in 2006.

I am publishing three books in early 2020. In January, I publish The Atlantic in World History, 1490-1830 with Bloomsbury and Britain in the Wider World, 1603-1800 wth Routledge. In March I publish Jamaica in the Age of Revolution with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Here are a few recent published articles: “Living Costs, Real Incomes and Inequality in Colonial Jamaica,” (with Laura Panza and Jeffrey Williamson), Explorations in Economic History 71 (2019) 55-71; “Sir John Gladstone and the Debate over Amelioration in the British West Indies in the 1820s,” Journal of British Studies (with Kit Candlin) 57 (4) (2018), 760-82; “Towns in Plantation Societies in Eighteenth-Century British America,” Early American Studies 15, 4 (Fall, 2017), 837-57; “A Voice For Slaves: The Office of the Fiscal in Berbice and the Beginnings of Protection in the British Empire,” Pacific Historical Review 87, 1 (February 2018), 30-53;“Husbands and Fathers: The Family Experiences of Enslaved Men in Berbice,” (with Randy Browne), NWIG 91 (2017), 193-222. “Beyond salutary neglect: a reflection on ‘Thinking the Empire Whole,’” History Australia 16.4 (2019)

Here are a few recently published book chapters: “Slavery and the Enlightenment in Jamaica, 1760-1772: The Afterlife of Tackey’s Rebellion,” in Damien Tricoire, ed. Enlightened Colonialism: Imperial Agents, Narratives of Progress and Civilizing Policies in the Eighteenth Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), 227-46; “Plantations and the Great Divergence,” in Giorgio Riello and Tirthankur Roy, eds. Economic Change in Global History (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), ch.6; “’Une Véritable Nuisance pour la Communauté’ : La Place ambivalent des libres de couleur dans la société libre de la Jamäique au XVIIIᵉ siècle » in Boris Lesueur and Dominque Rogers, eds., Sortir de l’esclavage normes juridiques, assimilations et recompositions identitaires du xIve au xIxe siècle (Méditerranée, Amériques, Afriques), (Paris: Karthala, 2018), 173-220 ; “Toiling in the Fields: Valuing Female Slaves in Jamaica, 1674-1788” in Daina Berry and Leslie Harris, eds, Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas (Athens: Georgia University Press, 2018), ch.2