Race, Citizenship, and the Great War: A Comparative Study of the British and French Caribbean
Supervisors: Adrian Gregory and Stephen Tuck
Funding: Arts & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship / Pembroke College Graduate Scholarship
Part of Oxford's Globalising and Localising the Great War network, my research examines the relationship between the First World War and ideas of citizenship across the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean from the late nineteenth century up to 1939. I explore how West Indians at home and across the diaspora understood the war as a political and economic moment, and how the transnational discussions which fed into this process relate to the major constitutional changes of the twentieth century: independence and départementalisation.
I hold a BA in History from Pembroke College, Oxford and an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Lincoln College, Oxford. From October 2018, I will be the M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
'Review: Caribbean Military Encounters, edited by S. Puri and L. Putnam'. British Journal for Military History (forthcoming).
'Review: Quarantine: Local and Global Histories, edited by A. Bashford'. The Mariner's Mirror, 103:4 (2017), pp.480-482.
'Military Officers, Tropical Medicine, and Racial Thought in the Formation of the West India Regiments, 1793-1802', Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 72:2 (2017), pp.142-165.
I have forthcoming articles on the interwar veterans' movement in the British and French Caribbean, and on the gender politics of separation allowances in Martinique and Guadeloupe.
I teach papers in modern British, Global, and American history, as well as papers on historical theory and methodology. I would be delighted to hear from students interested in writing dissertations on any aspect of Caribbean history, Black British history, or black internationalism.
Other professional activities
I have been involved in Access and Outreach work since my time as an undergraduate. I have worked mainly with Pembroke's various initiatives and with Oxford's UNIQ Summer School, but also with Target Schools, Pathways, and Target Oxbridge.