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The Australian National University

Emeritus Professor Barry Higman

Professor of History

Rm 3123, Coombs Building
Phone: 6125 2348
Fax: 6125 3969
Email  barry.higman@anu.edu.au

Qualifications

B.A. (Sydney)
Ph.D. (West Indies)
Ph.D. (Liverpool)

Biography and interests   

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.

Current research projects

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.

Selected publications

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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