Jamie Gemmell

Jamie Gemmell


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Research interests (short)

Race, Power, London; Atlantic slavery, Early Modern England; Critical Race Studies, Social History, Digital Humanities

Research interests

  • Race and Power in Early Modern London
  • Histories of Black Britain
  • Early Modern Atlantic World

Biographical details

Jamie is a historian of race and power in the early modern Anglo-Atlantic World. His current project seeks to understand how the social life of London changed as Britain developed racialised systems of enslaved labour across the Americas. He is using a range of sources - court records, printed materials, and administrative records - to trace the lives of Londoners racialised as black.

Jamie is also interested in using the digital humanities to undertake and present historical research. Currently, he is Assistant Editor at the Slavery, Law, and Power Project (University of Maryland). Previously, he has worked on a digital transcription of James Knight's 1746 "Natural, Moral, and Political History of Jamaica".  

Jamie is a History Graduate (MA, MScR) of the University of Edinburgh and former Editor-in-Chief of Retrospect Journal.


Education/Academic qualification

History, Master of Science, Processes of Racialisation: Slavery and Colonialism in the Seventeenth-Century English Atlantic World, The University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 202029 Oct 2021

Award Date: 4 Dec 2021

History, Master of Arts, The University of Edinburgh

19 Sept 20167 Jul 2020

Award Date: 6 Jul 2020

External positions

Assistant Editor, Slavery Law and Power Project, University of Maryland


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