Melanie Newton

Associate Professor
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2063


Fields of Study


Melanie J. Newton specializes in the history of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World. She is the author of The Children of Africa in the Colonies: Free People of Color in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation (Baton Louisiana State University Press, 2008) and numerous scholarly articles on gender, slavery and slave emancipation and indigenous Caribbean history.

Recent publications include “The Race Leapt At Sauteurs: Genocide, Narrative and Indigenous Exile from the Caribbean,” Caribbean Quarterly special issue on the Garifuna people (Joseph Palacio ed.), vol. 60, no. 2, June 2014, 5-28 and “Returns to a Native Land?’ Indigeneity and Decolonisation in the Anglophone Caribbean,” Small Axe, vol. 41, 2013, pp. 108-122.

She sits on the editorial boards of the journals Small Axe and British Studies.

Her current research project is entitled This Island’s Mine: Indigeneity in the Caribbean Atlantic World.


DPhil, Oxford University