Dr Kimberley Thomas


I studied History at undergraduate level at the University of Warwick and undertook my second year at Queen’s University in Canada. After this, I completed a masters degree in History before recieving my PhD in Caribbean Studies from the University of Warwick in 2020 with my thesis entitled, ‘Beyond the Plantation: Salt, Turks Islands, Bermuda and the British Atlantic World, 1660s-1850s’. I subsequently joined the University of Leeds as a Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History in 2021. 



Research interests

I am a historian of empire, migration, and slavery, specialising in the Caribbean and Atlantic World from the eighteenth to the nineteenth centuries. I am interested in furthering scholarship that looks beyond sugar plantations and towards the Atlantic’s maritime and migratory populations. I intentionally focus on subjects, islands, and processes that are underrepresented in Caribbean historiography and take inspiration from recent trends that explore different sites of slavery; ask more environmentally informed questions; and use commodities to tell multiple, synchronous and interlinked histories at the local, regional and oceanic level. 

I am currently working on transforming my PhD thesis into two journal articles and a monograph, Salt Island Slavery.


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  • PhD Caribbean Studies, The University of Warwick
  • MA History, The University of Warwick
  • BA (hons) History, The University of Warwick (w/ Year Abroad to Queen's University, Canada)

Student education

I convene and teach undergraduate modules on the social and cultural history of the Caribbean, as well as contributing to other undergraduate and postgraduate modules within the School of History.