Staff Profiles

Professor Mary Chamberlain

Professor Emerita of Caribbean History

School of History, Philosophy and Culture

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Mary Chamberlain

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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, latterly, the role of migration in the development of West Indian consciousness and independent nationhood. Since 2009 she has been using creative writing as a way of exploring contemporary historical questions particularly, though not exclusively, around the silences and untold stories of the Second World War and, in particular, women and memory.   


She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and has held a range of senior administrative, academic, editorial and government service appointments. She was also a founding and principal editor of the Memory and Narrative series, a Trustee of and current advisor to the National Life Story Collection of the British Library, 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, has been a recipient of major ESRC and AHRC research awards, and was a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College. She has also been lead external academic for two Quality Assessment reviews for the University of the West Indies.