Staff Profiles

Professor Mary Chamberlain

Emeritus Professor of Caribbean History

School of History, Philosophy and Culture

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Mary Chamberlain

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Since 1975 Professor Chamberlain has worked with oral history and life story methods, and has published widely on these, on women’s history and since 1991, on Caribbean history, notably on Caribbean migration and diasporic Caribbean families. Her interest in migration has now moved to incorporate the role of migration in the development of West Indian consciousness and independent nationhood. She is also interested in the links with memory and history, and what she calls ‘cultural templates’, the imaginative structures through which memory is recalled and recounted.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of a range of academic, editorial and government advisory boards. She was also a founding and principal editor of the Memory and Narrative series, a Trustee and current advisor of the National Life Story Collection of the National Sound Archive of the British Library, and a member of the advisory group of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. She has been consultant to the Barbados Government's National Oral History Project, and a member of the UK Government’s Caribbean Advisory Group (1998-2002). She has also held visiting professorships at the University of the West Indies and at New York University and is a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College and has served on studentship and research panels.