Trevor Burnard

Professor Trevor Burnard

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Corresponding Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2015


Trevor Burnard is Wilberforce Professor of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. Prior to this he taught and was Head of Department at the University of Warwick, the University of Sussex and Brunel University. He has taught in Jamaica, New Zealand, Britain, and Australia.Trevor is an expert in slavery and in Atlantic History and is the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Bibliographies Online. He is founder and past president of the European Early American Studies Foundation and has had fellowships at The Robert H. Smith Center for Jefferson Studies, the Bonn Centre for Slavery and Dependency Studies, the National Center for the Humanities and at the cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales. He is a member of the British Group in Early American History.

One of the world’s leading scholars in transatlantic slavery and early American history, Burnard’s work has changed our understanding of the formation and transformation of the colonial planter class. He has made major contributions to the historiography of slavery, particularly to the comparative Caribbean and Atlantic context, and to the social history of ‘new world’ plantation society.

Acknowledgement of Country

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