About our staff
Dr Rochelle Rowe
PhD, F.R.Hist.S, SFHEA
Lecturer in Black British History; Modern Caribbean History
Affiliated research centres
I am cultural historian of gender, race and the body. I hail from London and my research has taken me to the Caribbean, the US and Europe. I obtained my PhD from the University of Essex in 2010. My career in higher education includes teaching history and leading programmes of learning and development at Essex, Exeter, London universities and at UCL where I also led work on anti-racist leadership.
My first book Imagining Caribbean Womanhood tells a feminist history of black beauty spanning the Caribbean, Harlem and postwar London and is published by Manchester University Press. New research to be published in a multi-volume collection by Bloomsbury - The Cultural History of Beauty - explores the role of black women in performing and representing ideas about beauty in the Age of Empire.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Britain & Ireland
- Comparative & Global History
- Material Culture
- Eighteenth Century
- Nineteenth Century
- Twentieth Century & After
My first book, Imagining Caribbean Womanhood tells a transnational feminist history of black beauty spanning the British Caribbean, Harlem and postwar London and is published by Manchester University Press (2013).
Current research activities
I am currently researching representations and lived experiences of Black women living and working in Britain in the nineteenth century.
Understanding Race and Colonialism
Historical Skills and Methods
Introduction to Historiography
The Historian's Toolkit
History of Edinburgh
Black Activism in Britain since 1800
Historical Research: Skills and Sources
Currently accepting research student applications : Yes
Areas accepting Research Students in:
Modern Black British History
Modern Caribbean History
Fashion & beauty culture
Black Feminist Writing
Black people in British & European Art