Melanie  Newton

Position: 
Associate Professor, History; Director, Caribbean Studies Program (University of Toronto)
Publications: 

Articles

 

Newton, Melanie J. “Freedom’s Prisons: Incarceration, Emancipation, and Modernity in No Bond but the Law”. Small Axe 15.1 (2011): 164-175.

 

Newton, Melanie J. “The King v. Robert James, a Slave, for Rape: Inequality, Gender, and British Slave Ameliorations, 1823-1834:. Abolition 33.1 (2012): 171-174.

 

Books

 

Newton, Melanie J. The Children of Africa in the Colonies: Free People of Color in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2008.

Biography: 

Melanie J. Newton (DPhil Oxford, 2001) is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Caribbean Studies Program. She specializes in the social and cultural history of the Caribbean.  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). She is currently working on a monograph entitled This Island’s Mine: Indigeneity in the Caribbean Atlantic World, which explores histories of indigenous survival and exile in the Caribbean.  Forthcoming publications include “Returns to a Native Land? Indigeneity and Decolonization in the Anglophone Caribbean” (Small Axe, July 2013) and she is the editor of a 2014 special issue of Small Axe on Caribbean historiography. She sits on the editorial collectives of the journals Small Axe and the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the executive of the Association of Caribbean Historians. She teaches a joint History/Caribbean Studies course on “Indigeneity in the Caribbean”.