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.
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)