Lecturer in the History of Slavery and Unfree Labor, Department of History, University of Liverpool, 2017-present
Director of the MA in International Slavery, University of Liverpool, 2018-present

Assistant Professor, History and Social Studies Education Department, SUNY Buffalo State, 2013-2017
Coordinator of African and African American Studies Program, SUNY Buffalo State, 2016-2017

Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department, Duke University, 2012-2013

Visiting Instructor, History Department, Duke University, 2011-2012

Visiting Lecturer, History Department, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, spring 2011


Ph.D., History, Princeton University, 2012
Dissertation: "The Measure of Empire: Crisis and Responsibility in Postemancipation Jamaica"

Visiting Graduate Fellow, Duke University, History Department, 2010-2011

M.A., History, Princeton University, 2007

A.B., with high distinction, History, Duke University, 2005
Certificate in Latin American Studies


"The Narrative of Ann Pratt: Life-Writing, Genre and Bureaucracy in a Postemancipation Scandal," History Workshop Journal 85 (Spring 2018): 265-279.

"Imperfect Models: The Kingston Lunatic Asylum Scandal and the Problem of Postemancipation Imperialism," Journal of British Studies 55, no. 4 (Oct. 2016): 709-727. 

"The Moral Politics of Cholera in Postemancipation Jamaica," Slavery and Abolition 34, no. 4 (2013): 598-618. 

Published Roundtable Discussions
“Decolonising History: Enquiry and Practice,” conversation roundtable piece with Amanda Behm, Emma Hunter, Elisabeth Leake, Su Lin Lewis, and Sarah Miller-Davenport, forthcoming with History Workshop Journal

Academic Blogposts
Christienna Fryar, Nicole Jackson, and Kennetta Hammond Perry, “Windrush and Britain’s Long History of Racialized Belonging,” Black Perspectives, 31 July 2018,

Radio and Television
On-screen commentator, Britain in 100 Homes, eight-part television documentary for More4 (January 2019)

Interviewed expert, “The Abolition of Atlantic Chattel Slavery,” episode 6 of The Battles That Won Our Freedoms, 10-part radio documentary series on BBC Radio 4 (14 January 2019)

Panel discussant, “Slavery Stories” episode of Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3 (28 November 2018)

Popular Writing
Four essays for Media Diversified’s “The Good and the Bad of Rio 2016” series, Summer 2016,

“Swimming Lessons for Black Girls,” The Toast, August 24, 2015,

Podcast Interviews
In February 2016, I launched the podcast channel New Books in British Studies, part of the New Books Network. I have been on an extended hiatus from NBBS but will return in Fall 2019.

Works in Progress

The Measure of Empire: Disaster and British Imperialism in Postemancipation Jamaica (book manuscript in progress)

Honors and Awards

Finalist, BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinkers Scheme

Finalist, EI Comment Awards for Sports Commentator of the Year, London

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition Faculty Fellowship, Yale University

Nuala McGann Drescher Diversity Leave Program, internal SUNY faculty leave

Mellon Graduate Seminar in Modern British History, Columbia University

Presidential Fellowship, Princeton University

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship, Duke University

Teaching Experience

University of Liverpool
Sole-taught modules

Subaltern Histories of the Early Caribbean 
The Meaning of Freedom in the Modern Caribbean 

Team-taught modules

History Matters 
Presenting the Past 
The Global History of the Present 
Uses of the Past 
Reviewing the Past 
Historical Research (graduate)
Histories of Slavery (graduate) 
The Heritage of Slavery (graduate) 

SUNY Buffalo State
Sole-taught modules

Europe since 1500 
Modern Britain 
The Early Caribbean 
The Modern Caribbean 
Tales of the City: Urban History and The Wire
Slavery and Emancipation in the Americas (graduate)

Duke University
Sole-taught modules

Modern Britain: 1688-present
Slavery and Emancipation in the Americas
The Caribbean, 1492-1700
The Atlantic Slave Trade
Europe’s Colonial Encounters
Crime and the City
The Modern Caribbean  

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
emergency mid-semester replacement

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story
Honors Seminar in World History: The Atlantic World

Professional Services

Institute of Historical Research Black British History Seminar, co-convenor (2018-present)
North American Conference on British Studies, Program Committee, member (2017-present)
North American Conference on British Studies, Rights Taskforce, member (2016-present)
Book Review Editor, H-Black Europe (2017-present)


French (advanced reading comprehension; intermediate conversation); Spanish (basic reading abilities)

Professional Memberships

North American Conference on British Studies
American Historical Association


Available upon request.