Kenneth Morgan

Professor of History
Politics and History

Room: Marie Jahoda Room 211
Brunel University
Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266828



  • BA 1st class honours, Combined Arts, University of Leicester
  • DPhil Modern History, New College, Oxford
  • PGCE History and English, King’s College, Cambridge

Personal Biography

I am primarily an economic and social historian of the British Atlantic world in the ‘long’ eighteenth century (1688 - 1840). My particular academic specialism is the history of merchants, ships, foreign trade and ports. I also have subsidiary academic interests in Australian history and in music history. I have previously taught in schools, colleges and other universities before coming to Brunel. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Research Overview

My research and publication interests include the following: the dimensions of the British slave trade in space and through time; the organisation of the slave trade; slave work conditions on plantations; slavery, the slave trade and abolitionism; maritime exploration in the 18th and 19th centuries in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; Australian music history; the history of conductors and orchestras; the editing of historical texts.


Current Projects

Proscription by Degrees: The Ending of the African Slave Trade to the United States (book MS, in progress)

Australia Circumnavigated: The Journals of Matthew Flinders on H.M.S. Investigator, 2 vols., Ashgate, in progress. Sponsored by the Hakluyt Society

Matthew Flinders and the Maritime Exploration of Australia (Bloomsbury, in progress)

A Short History of Transatlantic Slavery (I.B. Tauris, in progress)


Recently Completed Projects

Funded through fellowships at the Robert H. Smith Center for International Jefferson Studies, Monticello, University of Virginia
A preliminary study of the ending of the slave trade to the United States
2010 - 2012

National Library of Australia, Canberra, and National Archives of Australia
A study of Australia’s Professional Orchestras
2008 - 2009

The British Library
Endangered Archives for the Slavery Era in Saint Vincent


PhD Supervision

Natalie Boreham: Medical Relief and the Poor Law in London Workhouses, 1834-1867; From September 2012


Undergraduate Programmes

Module convenor

  • Migration and Settler Societies, 1600 - 1914
  • The Birth of Industrial Britain, 1750 - 1850
  • Australia and the World, 1788 - 2000
  • Dissertations

Postgraduate Programmes

Programme convenor

  • MA in Modern World History

Module convenor

  • Migration and the Modern World, 1600 - 2000

Module contributor

  • Sources and Methods in Modern World History


UCAS Days Co-ordinator, History

External Activity

  • Member of the Hakluyt Society
  • Member of the International Maritime Economic History Association
  • Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Maritime History, 2009 - 2014
  • Editorial Board member of Oxford Bibliographies Online, since 2009
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Editor of British Records relating to America in Microform, in association with Microform Academic Publishers and the British Association of American Studies, since 2002



Journal Papers

(2014) Morgan, KJ., Music, Finance, and Politics: Henri Verbrugghen and the New South Wales State Orchestra, 1919-1923, Musicology Australia 36 (1) : 13- 35

(2014) Morgan, KJ., Sir Joseph Banks as Patron of the Investigator Expedition: Geographical Knowledge, Natural History and Australian Exploration, International Journal of Maritime History

(2012) Morgan, KJ., Labour Relations during and after Apprenticeship: Amity Hall, Jamaica, 1834-1840, Slavery and Abolition: a journal of slave and post-slave studies 33

(2011) Morgan, K., Cultural advance: The formation of australia's permanent symphony orchestras, 1944-1951, Musicology Australia 33 (1) : 69- 93

(2008) Morgan, K., Robert Dinwiddie’s Reports on the British American Colonies, William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series 65 (2) : 305- 346

(2008) Morgan, K., Slavery and the transatlantic slave trade (Review), International History Review XXX 785- 795

(2008) Morgan, K., The Anglophone Caribbean (Review), Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature 92 (1) : 198- 202

(2006) Morgan, KJ., Slave women and reproduction in Jamaica, c.1776-1834, History 91 (302) : 231- 253

(2005) Morgan, KJ., Remittance procedures in the eighteenth-century British slave trade, Business History Review 79 (4) : 715- 750

(2003) Morgan, K., James Rogers and the Bristol slave trade, Historical Research 76 (192) : 189- 216

(2001) Morgan, K. and Burnard, T., The dynamics of the slave market and slave purchasing patterns in Jamaica, 1655-1788, The William and Mary Quarterly 58 (1) : 205- 228

(2001) Morgan, KJ., Slavery and the debate over ratification of the United States Constitution, Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 22 (3) : 40- 65

Book Chapters

(2014) Morgan, KJ., Anglo-Dutch Economic Relations and the Atlantic World, 1688-1783. In: Dutch Atlantic Connections, 1680-1800; Linking Empires, Bridging Borders. Leiden, Netherlands : Brill 119- 138

(2012) Morgan, KJ., Proscription by Degrees: The Ending of the African Slave Trade to the United States. In: Gleeson, DT. and Lewis, SK. eds. Ambiguous Anniversary. University of South Carolina Press

(2012) Morgan, KJ., Sir James Barrett, Musical Patron in Melbourne. In: Radic, C. and Robinson, S. eds. Marshall-Hall's Melbourne: Music, Art and Controversy at the Turn of the Century. Australian Scholarly Publishing


(2012) Morgan, K., Australia: A Very Short Introduciton. Oxford University Press, USA

(2007) Morgan, K., Slavery and the British Empire: From Africa to America. Oxford University Press

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