Dr. Brooke Newman

Brooke Newman

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2008, University of California, Davis

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Brooke Newman is an historian of early modern Britain and the British Atlantic, with a focus on the society and culture of the colonial Caribbean. Particular interests include slavery and race, imperialism, gender and sexuality, and cross-cultural encounters. Her published and forthcoming work is primarily concerned with how the processes of racial identification and distinction in the Atlantic empire became bound up with developing notions of Britishness during the long eighteenth century. Her current project is a monograph provisionally entitled Island Masters: Gender, Race, and Power in the Eighteenth-century British Caribbean, exploring how British settlers strove to establish their mastery over the territory, peoples, and cultural spaces of the West Indian islands and the extent to which these attempts were continually contested, both by those groups whom they were trying to dominate—including slaves, Maroons, free blacks, and people of color—and by metropolitan Britons.

Grants and fellowships from the John Carter Brown Library, the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University, the Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance at Yale University, the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Eccles Center for American Studies at the British Library, and the North American Conference on British Studies, among others, have supported her research.

Selected Publications

Contributing co-editor with Gregory D. Smithers, Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas (in press; Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, expected June 2014).

Refereed Articles and Essays
"Identity Articulated: British Settlers, Black Caribs, and the Politics of Indigenous Identity on St. Vincent, 1763-1797," in Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas, ed. Gregory D. Smithers and Brooke N. Newman (in press; Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014).

"Historical Perspective: Slavery Over the Centuries," in Human Trafficking: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. Mary C. Burke (New York: Routledge, 2013), 24-47.

 “Contesting ‘Black’ Liberty and Subjecthood in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1730s-1780s,” Slavery and Abolition 32, no. 2, “Rethinking Time and Place in Atlantic World Slave Societies” (June 2011): 169-83.

“Gender, Sexuality, and the Formation of Racial Identities in the Eighteenth-Century Anglo-Caribbean World,” Gender and History 22, no. 3, Special Issue, “Historicizing Gender and Sexuality” (November 2010): 585-602.


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