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Mr Michael Joseph  

M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow 


I first came to Oxford to study for a BA in History at Pembroke College. I moved to Lincoln College for an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, before returning to Pembroke for my DPhil. My doctoral research took me to the Caribbean, Aix-en-Provence, and Paris, where I was a visiting student at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. I came to Corpus as the M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow in October 2018.


Numerous trips to see family in Trinidad and Tobago gave me an early interest in the history of the Caribbean. After working on late eighteenth-century military medicine, I turned to twentieth-century politics for my doctorate. My research focused on the relationship between the First World War and ideas about empire and citizenship across the British and French islands. My thesis explores 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. In my next project, I plan to combine this work on Caribbean decolonisation with research interests in theology and the psychology of religion.


I teach papers in modern British (c.1815 onwards), Global, and American history, as well as papers on historical theory and methodology. I also offer tutorials in Caribbean history for visiting students.

I would be delighted to hear from students interested in writing dissertations on any aspect of Caribbean history, Black British history, or black internationalism.

Major publications

‘First World War Veterans and the State in the British and French Caribbean, 1919-1939’, First World War Studies (forthcoming).

‘Making Gender Work: Women and Separation Allowances in the French Caribbean during the First World War’, French History (forthcoming).

‘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.


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