Personal Biography

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/PhD. 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.

Research and Teaching

A historian of the British and French Caribbean, my current book project is a comparative study of anti-colonial political thought from c.1870-1939. My DPhil/PhD explored how Caribbean populations at home and across the diaspora understood the First World War as a political and economic moment, and how the transnational discussions which fed into this process related 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 anthropology.

I teach papers in modern British (c.1815 onwards), European, and global 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 undergraduate/postgraduate students interested in writing dissertations on any aspect of Caribbean history, Black British history, or the history of the Black diaspora more broadly.

Oxford can and should be home to students from all backgrounds. If you are unsure if Oxford is for you, you are welcome to contact me.


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

First World War veterans and the state in the French and British Caribbean, 1919-1939’, First World War Studies, 10:1 (2019), pp.31-48.

‘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.