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The Australian National University

Barry Higman

Position: Emeritus Professor

School or Centre: School of History


Phone: 61252348

Location: HC Coombs Building, Room 3123

Website: My profile website


B.A. (University of Sydney)

Ph.D. (University of the West Indies)

Ph.D. (University of Liverpool)


I was previously Professor of History at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, and am now Professor Emeritus of that university. In my research and writing I seek to combine historical methodologies with techniques from other disciplines notably geography, toponymy and archaeology. I use quantitative methods whenever appropriate.

Research Interests

The world history of food over the last five thousand years; the global history of domestic servants in the modern world; the history of the Jamaican landscape; the history of Australia as a flat place; and the history of islands and insularity.


Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy (University of the West Indies Press, 2005)

Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture (University of the West Indies Press, 2008)

Jamaican Place Names, with B.J. Hudson (University of the West Indies Press, 2009)

A Concise History of the Caribbean (Cambridge University Press, expected 2011)

Proslavery Priest: The Atlantic World of John Lindsay, 1729-1788 (University of the West Indies Press, expected 2011)

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