PROF Trevor Burnard

PROF Trevor Burnard




    • Academic Profile
      • Professor and Head of School, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, 2011-
      • Professor of the History of the Americas, History and Comparative American Studies, University of Warwick, 2007- 10; Head of Department, History, 2009-10
      • Professor of American History and Head of Department, American Studies, University of Sussex, 2004-07
      • Reader and Professor, History, Brunel University, 2000-04, Head of Department, Politics, American Studies and History, 2001-04
      • Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, History, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1990-99
      • Lecturer, History, University of Waikato, New Zealand, 1989
      • Lecturer, History, University of the West Indies at Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, 1987-89


      I am interested in the history of early British America, including the British West Indies, before ca. 1790 and in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800. Particular interests include slavery, social history and demography, imperialism, economic and business history, and gender. My work over the last decade has been especially concerned with identity in the New World in the eighteenth century and with how settler societies have been formed, or have failed to form in plantation societies in the Caribbean and the Chesapeake. In addition, I have been concerned with recreating the social and cultural world of slaves and masters in early Jamaica, using in particular the rich diaries of Thomas Thistlewood as a primary source. My current projects are a monograph on early American historiography, a co-authored book comparing mid-eighteenth century Jamaica and Saint Domingue with John Garrigus of the University of Texas, Arlington, a social, demographic and economic history of white and black in Jamaica 1655-1780, and a historiographical study of the state of early Amer   


    Member of

    • American Studies & European Studies Programmes, University of Dundee. Review Committee Member 2010 -
    • Claremont McKenna History Department. External Review Committee 2006 -
    • European Early American Studies Association. President 2007 - 2010
    • Centre for Imperial and Maritime Studies (CIMS), National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Board Member 2006 - 2010
    • AHRC Peer Review College. Review Committee Member 2006 - 2008


    Selected publications


    Additional Grant Information

    • Mellon Grant, 2010-11
      AHRC Netwrok Grant, 2008-10
      Leverhulme Grant 2002-4   


    Education and training

    • Phd, Johns Hopkins University 1989
    • MA, Johns Hopkins University 1985
    • BA, University of Otago 1983

    Awards and honors

    • Warwick-Newberry Centre for Renaissance Studies Collaboration (Co-applicant and organiser of one of four workshops - GBP 97,038), Mellon Foundation Grant, 2010
    • Early European American Studies Association - GBP 47,000, AHRC Network Grant, 2008
    • awarded GBP 66,000, Leverhulme Award on merchants and merchandising in Kingston, Jamaica, 1745-1780 (with Kenneth Morgan), 2002



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