Dr Michael Joseph

Assistant Professor in Black British History
Fellow, Gonville and Caius College
Mike Joseph

I am a historian of the modern Caribbean, Britain, and France. I studied at Oxford, where I subsequently held a Junior Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, before arriving at Cambridge in 2021.

My work to date has largely focused on the Caribbean; my current book project is a comparative study of anti-colonial political thought in five islands – Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique, and Guadeloupe – from the 1880s to the 1930s.

Alongside this work, I also have research interests in the history of the Caribbean diaspora in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and in Black British and Black European Studies more broadly.

I would be delighted to hear from undergraduate/postgraduate students interested in writing dissertations on any aspect of modern Black British history, Black European history, and/or post-emancipation Caribbean history.

At the undergraduate level, I lecture and supervise for a number of modern British history papers. I also teach on the MPhil in Modern British History, where I contribute to the core course on ‘Debates in Modern British History’ and convene an option course on ‘Modern Britain and the Caribbean’.


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