I am a Professor in the Department of History at McMaster University where I teach courses on the history of the Caribbean, Caribbean migration, imperial history, and the history of the African diaspora. I am also the former president of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
I am affiliated with McMaster's Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. I am also an associate fellow with the Centre for Research in Latin America and the Caribbean and am associated with the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, both at York University. Before joining McMaster, I taught at York University, the Western Michigan University, and held a DuBois-Garvey-Rodney fellowship at the Center for African American and African Studies at the University of Michigan.
My research concentrates on the 19th and 20th century Caribbean in the context of the African diaspora and the British empire. I address such topics as urban history, gender, the history of childhood, and the social history of health and medicine.
My most recent book is Reproducing the British Caribbean: Sex, Gender, and Population Politics after Slavery (http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/12613.html University of North Carolina Press, 2014). It explores ideas and policies about population growth and infant and maternal welfare in British Caribbean colonies from the nineteenth century to the 1930s.
Banner by Joan Blaeu, Insulae Americanae (Amsterdam,1662). Taken from Jerome S. Handler and Michael L. Tuite Jr. "Caribbean, 1662." The Atlantic Slave Trade and
Slave Life in the Americas:
A Visual Record, http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/index.php. Ref. # A013.