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 a Lecturer in Black British History at the University of Edinburgh. I’m a cultural historian whose work focuses on race, gender, and the body, histories of the Caribbean and Black Britain. My first book, Imagining Caribbean Womanhood, tells a feminist history of Black beauty spanning the Caribbean, Harlem and postwar London and is published in paperback by Manchester University Press.
I obtained my PhD from the University of Essex in 2010 and my career in higher education includes teaching history and leading programmes of learning for researchers at Essex, Exeter and UCL where I also contributed work on anti-racism, including the first fully-funded doctoral scholarship ring-fenced for Black and Asian doctoral researchers.
I joined Edinburgh in September 2021, and teach courses on the histories of Black Activism in Britain since 1800, Carnival in the Atlantic World and Blackness in Britain and Europe. My new research explores Blackness in British Visual Culture, 1850-1950.
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
My new research explores Blackness in British Visual Culture, 1850-1950.
Understanding Race and Colonialism
Carnival in the Atlantic World: politics, play and power
Representations of Blackness in Britain and Europe: 1800-1950
Black Activism in Britain since 1800
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
Cultural History of Carnival