Dr. Trevor Burnard
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Prof. Dr. Trevor Burnard

Oriel Chambers
Wilberforce Institute
27 High St
Hull HU1 1 NE
United Kingdon
Personal website2

Current Position

  • Wilberforce Professor for Slavery and Emancipation
  • Director, Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, United Kingdom


Trevor Burnard has spent many years learning about and writing on the history of the British Atlantic world in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially the history of plantation colonies in North America and the West Indies. He is a social historian, with interests in slavery and the demography of plantation societies in the Americas.


  • 1989                          PhD in History, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
  • 1986                          M.A. in History, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
  • 1983                          B.A. in History, First Class Honours, University of Otago, New Zealand

Academic Positions

  • 2020–present            Wilberforce Professor of Slavery and Emancipation, Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull, United Kingdom
  • 2011–2019                Professor of American History and Head of School, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies,
                                         University of Melbourne, Australia


  • Oxford Online Bibliography in Atlantic History

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2015                             Visiting Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Social Sciences
  • 2015–2017                 Australian Research Council Award, Slavery in British Guiana in the Age of Abolition, 1804–1834
  • 2009–2011                 Mellon Foundation Grant to Warwick-Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Collaboration (co-applicant
                                          and organizer of one of four workshops)
  • 2008–2010                 AHRC Network Grant for Early European American Studies Association
  • 2009                             Fellowship, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, University of Virginia-Monticello, USA
  • 2008–2009                 Archie K. Davis Fellowship, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
  • 2002–2004                 Leverhulme Award on merchants and merchandising in Kingston, Jamaica, 1745–1780 (with Kenneth Morgan)
  • 2002                             Fellowship, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • 1996                             Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • 1986–1987                 Transformation Fellow, Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, USA
  • 1986–1987                 Lovejoy Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
  • 1983–1988                 Fulbright Travel Grant
  • 1983                             Commonwealth Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • The Atlantic in World History, 1490–1830. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.
  • Britain in the Wider World, 1603–1800. London: Routledge, 2020.
  • Jamaica in the Age of Revolution. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2020.
  • Imperial History of the American Revolution. With O'Shaughnessy, A. Forthcoming.
  • Hearing Enslaved Voices: African and Indian Slave Testimony in British and French America, 1700–1848. With White, S. London: Routledge, 2020. Forthcoming.
  • Humanitarianism, Empire and Transnationalism in the Anglophone World, 1760–1995. With Lester, A., Damousi, J. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021. Forthcoming.
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