Christine Walker

Humanities (History)

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor Christine Walker received a 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, Asst Prof 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).

Asst Prof 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: Female Slaveholders and the Creation of Britain’s Atlantic Empire (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020).
▪ Winner, 2020 Best Book Award, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender

Articles & Chapters

“In Her Own Right: Gender, Slaveholding, and Movable Goods in Colonial Jamaica,” Movable Goods and Immovable Property. Gender, Law and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe, 1450‒1850, ed. Annette Cremer (London: Routledge, 2020).

“’As Though She ‘was a virtuous woman’: Remaking Gender Roles, Marital Relations, and Families in Atlantic Jamaica,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 21, no. 2 (August 2020).

“Female Slave Owners,” Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, ed. Trevor Burnard, Oxford University Press, ( (September 2019).

“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).

“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).

Book Reviews

Trevor Burnard, Jamaica in the Age of Revolution (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020), in Slavery & Abolition (forthcoming).

Vincent Brown, Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2020), in H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews (December 2020).

Daniel Livesay, Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed-Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic Family, 1733–1833 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018), in English Historical Review (December 2019).

Carla Pestana, The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017), in Journal of British Studies, vol. 57, no. 2 (April 2018): 382-384.

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.

The Historian’s Craft
The Atlantic World
Empire, Slavery and the Making of the Americas
Nasty Girls: Gender, Sexuality and Race in Early America
Imperial Outlaws: Social Deviants in the Age of Empires