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Appointment: Diana Paton

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Diana Paton to the William Robertson Chair of History.

Diana Paton has taught at Newcastle University since 2000, where she has been Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and, since 2008, Reader in Caribbean History.

She will take up her post in July 2016.

Global History

Professor Paton is a historian of the Caribbean and has published extensively on slavery and emancipation and Caribbean cultural history.

I am excited to join Edinburgh's History department, particularly because of its emphasis on global history. As a historian of the Caribbean it will be great to work with colleagues with such a wide range of geographic and chronological interests. I am looking forward particularly to collaborating with colleagues and students in the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies.

Professor Diana Paton

Prestigious post

The William Robertson Chair of History was established in 1966, and is named in commemoration of the renowned Scottish Historian and former Principal of the University of Edinburgh.

We are delighted to welcome Diana Paton as the new holder of the William Robertson Chair. Her expertise in global and transnational history will be a major addition to our existing strengths in these areas. We are very much looking forward to working with her in further enhancing our teaching and research.

Dr Thomas AhnertHead of History, University of Edinburgh

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