Christine Walker

Humanities (History)

Assistant Professor


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Dr Christine Walker received PhD from the University of Michigan (2014), an MA from the University of Connecticut (2007), and a BA from Yale University (2000). Prior to joining Yale-NUS, Dr Walker was a postdoctoral fellow at the New-York Historical Society and an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. Her research has been supported by major fellowships, including a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (2013 –2014), a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Jamaica from the Department of State (2011 – 2012), and a Henry Huntington Library Research Fellowship (2011).

Dr Christine Walker specialises in the history of early America within broader Atlantic and global contexts. Her current work explores how Jamaica became the wealthiest and largest slaveholding colony in the eighteenth-century British Empire. Specifically, she investigates the crucial roles played by women of all races in shaping the contours of imperial settlement and propagating slave-based labour regimes. Her scholarship considers how the expansion of slavery reconfigured traditional gendered social hierarchies.

“Jamaica Ladies: Gender, Authority and Atlantic Slavery” (book manuscript in progress)

Book Review: Amanda Herbert, Female Alliances: Gender, Identity, and Friendship in Early Modern Britain (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014), in William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 73, no. 2 (April 2016): 366-371.

“Gender in the Caribbean,” Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, ed. Trevor Burnard, Oxford University Press, ( (April 2016).

“Womanly Masters: Gendering Slave Ownership in Colonial Jamaica,” Women in Early America: Transnational Histories, Rethinking Master Narratives, ed. Thomas Foster (New York: NYU Press, 2015) 160-181.

“Pursuing her Profits: Women in Jamaica, Atlantic Slavery and a Globalising Market, 1700–60,” Gender & History 26, no. 3 (November 2014): 478-501.

“Anthony Bacon, ‘Considerations on the Present State of the North American Colonies,’ 1769,”An Americana Sampler: Essays on Selections from the William L. Clements Library, eds. Brian Dunnigan, J. Kevin Graffagnino (Ann Arbor: Clements Library, 2011) 52-59.

Empire, Slavery & the Making of the Americas