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M.A. from the University of Edinburgh in 1993
Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1996. Dissertation Title, 'Encounters between Afro-Americans and Non-Slaveholding Whites in Lowcountry Georgia, 1750-1830'.
University of Warwick -- Lecturer 1996-2005; Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) 2005-2010; Reader 2010-15; Professor since 2015
Director of the Humanities Research Centre
Associate editor of Slavery & Abolition
Board Member of European Early American Studies Association
AHRC Grant: "Africa's Sons Under Arms"
Member of: Southern Historical Association; British Group in Early American History; British Association of American Studies; British American Nineteenth-Century Historians
This volume is a collection of transcribed manuscript materials with extensive commentary and interpretative essays.
This book explores the meaning and role of poor relief in the antebellum south. The main thrust of the argument is that the southern elite increasingly used poor relief as a means to reduce social tension, and to teach the poor what it meant to be 'southern'.
This book is principally about the myriad relationships between non-slaveholding whites and enslaved African Americans, and argues that relations between the two groups were not always antagnoistic but could be formed on the basis of mutual advantage.
These two volumes are edited collections of rare printed primary materials with commentary and introductory essays.
This collection of essays examines how British people have conceived of America over the course of more than four hundred years. It arose out of conference in 2005 that I helped to organise, and I contributed the introduction to the volume.
Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals
‘Rural Poor Relief in Colonial South Carolina’ The Historical Journal, 48.4 (December 2005), pp. 955-976.
'"The Manly Game": Cricket and Masculinity in Savannah, Georgia, 1859' International Journal of the History of Sport 20 (September 2003), pp.77-98.
'The Purpose of Public Poor Relief in Buncombe County, North Carolina, 1792-1860.' North Carolina Historical Review 80 (January 2003), pp.28-51.
‘Gender and Justice in Antebellum Savannah: The Case of George Flyming’ Georgia Historical Quarterly, 84 (Summer, 2000), pp.230-253.
‘Trading Encounters between Non-Elite whites and African Americans in Savannah, 1790-1860.’ Journal of Southern History 66 (February, 2000), pp25-48.
‘Crossing the Race Divide: Inter-racial Sex in Antebellum Savannah’ Slavery & Abolition 18 (December, 1997), pp159-173.
' "The King of England's Soldiers": Armed blacks in Savannah and its hinterlands during the Revolutionary War Era, 1778-1787' in Leslie Harris & Daina Berry eds, Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (Athens: Unviersity of Georgia Press, 2014) 26-41.
'The Rise and Fall of Female Benevolence in Antebellum Savannah' in Mary Laven & Emily Clark eds., Women and Religion in the Atlantic Age - 1550–1900 (London: Ashgate, 2013), 195-212.
‘"To Train Them to Habits of Industry and Usefulness": Moulding the Poor Children of Antebellum Savannah’ in John E. Murray & Ruth Wallis Herndon eds., Children Bound to Labor: The Pauper Apprentice System in Early America. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009) pp. 133-148.
‘Spheres of Influence: Working black and white women in antebellum Savannah’. In Susanna Delfino & Michele Gillespie, (eds.), Neither Lady, Nor Slave: Working Women of the Old South. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002), pp.102-120.
'Partners in Crime: African-Americans and non-slaveholding whites in antebellum Georgia,' in Matt Wray & Annalee Newitz, (eds.) White Trash: Race and Class in America. (New York & London: Routledge Press, 1997) pp57-72.
'A Struggle for Survival: Non-Elite White Women in Lowcountry Georgia, 1790-1830' in Christie Anne Farnham, (ed.),Women of the American South: A Multicultural Reader (New York: New York University Press, 1997), pp26-42.
"Runaway Slave Communities in South Carolina" for History in Focus Issue 12 (Spring 2007)
“Slavery during the American Revolution” for the New Georgia Encyclopaedia
“Bethesda” in the New Georgia Encyclopaedia
‘Gender Relations’. In The Macmillan Encyclopaedia of World Slavery (New York: Macmillan, 1998), pp359-361.
Articles on “John Wesley”, “Tomochichi”, “Mary Musgrove”, “Oglethorpe”, “Savannah” and “Georgia” in The Facts on File Encyclopaedia of American History Series Vol 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763) (Infobase, 2003)
Articles on “Benevolent Associations” and “Welfare and Charity” in the Encyclopaedia of the New American Nation 1754-1829(Scribner's 2005)
Articles on “Drake”, “The Virginia Company”, “The thirteen colonies”, “Government in British America” and “The British Empire in the Americas” for the Encyclopaedia of Western Colonialism (Macmillan 2006)
Article on “Antebellum Slavery” for the New Encyclopaedia of Southern Culture v.3 History (Chapel Hill, 2006)
Article on “Slavery” for the Encyclopaedia of Social Theory. (Routledge 2005)
Article on "Illegal Trading" for the Historical Encyclopedia of Slavery in the Americas (Facts on File, forthcoming)
Article on "North America" for the Concise Dictionary on Ancient Slavery (CD Rom - Mainz, 2006)
" 'Our American Way of Living': Defining the American Character on the eve of World war II"
Future research plans include a study of Savannah in 1820.
Recent Research Topics Supervised (PhD, MA)
A comparative study of responses to slave rebellions
Fear of the Armed Black Man in the Antebellum South
Conflict among male slaves
Rumour in the Revolutionary South
Marronage in St Lucia, Martinique, Guadaloupe, and Antigua.
Slave Insurrection scares in the antebellum South
Terror in the Revolutionary South
Male slave experiences (co-supervision)
British evangelicals and abolitionism (co-supervision)
Cultural brokers in the 18thC Southeast
Lower class leisure in colonial Georgia
Perceptions of gender among Native Americans and Europeans in the Colonial Southeastern USA
The impact of epidemics in antebellum Savannah, Georgia.
The urban jail population of antebellum Savannah, Georgia.
Runaway slaves in Georgia and Jamaica.
Class tensions amongst the Jamaican plantocracy (co-supervised)
Listen to my Academic Minute on yellow fever.
Undergraduate Modules Taught
Research Project (AM216)