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Professor Diana Paton


William Robertson Professor of History


Contact information
Address: Room 1.14, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 4578
Other contacts: Twitter: @diana_paton
Office hours: Wednesdays 10.00-11.00am, Thursdays 11.10-1.00, Fridays 11.10-12.00
Affiliated research centres
Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

I grew up in and near London and did my first degree at Warwick University, followed by a PhD at Yale University, where I studied with Emilia Viotti da Costa, Gilbert Joseph, and Nancy Cott. After a year as a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford, I became lecturer in history at Newcastle University in 2000. I was at Newcastle until 2016, becoming Professor of Caribbean History in 2015.

In 2016 I joined the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Edinburgh as William Robertson Professor of History.

My research has been funded by the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, and the British Academy.

I have supervised PhD projects in Caribbean and Latin American history, Caribbean literature, and British gender history. I welcome applications from potential research students who wish to work on any area of Caribbean history, and on histories of slavery and emancipation and/or gender history elsewhere in the Americas or the British Empire. I also welcome students interested in interdisciplinary Caribbean Studies.

External appointments

Editorial collective, History Workshop Journal

Useful Links

Freedom to Believe

Caribbean Religious Trials

History Workshop Journal:

History Workshop Online