Inge Dornan is a scholar and lecturer in histories of race and gender in Britain and the Americas. She joined Brunel University London in 2003, after completing her PhD at Cambridge University.
In 2009 she was appointed Senior Fellow and in 2010 Associate Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford, where she worked on a research project on enslaved women in the British slave trade. In 2019 Inge led a series of public engagement events in London on the theme of 'Unlocking the Secrets of Britain's Slave Past' as part of the UK Being Human Festival of the Humanities, sponsored by the London School of Advanced Study, the AHRC and British Academy. These included walking tours to uncover the hidden narratives of British slavery in the built landscape of Hillingdon and Uxbridge; a specially curated exhibition with Brunel University London Archives on the education of enslaved children in the British Caribbean; and an award-winning production on the British slave trade, Breaking the Silence, which Inge co-wrote with theatre director and academic, Dr Holly Maples, scheduled to tour the UK in 2020 funded by Arts Council England and the William A Cadbury Trust. These events culminated in a public lecture on the forgotten history of British slavery chaired by Inge and presented by Professor David Olusoga. In 2020, Inge received Brunel University London's inaugural Research Impact Award for Public Engagement.
Inge is co-founder of the Association of British Historians of Women in the Americas, the journal History of Women in the Americas, and the Institute of Historical Research seminar series Gender in the Americas. In 2019, she was appointed to the History UK Steering Committee. She also leads Brunel University London's Crossing Borders research cluster in the Centre for Global Lives
In 2019 Inge became a Visiting Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, where she’s working on a research project on the education of enslaved children in the British West Indies.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Brunel University London
PhD Girton College, Cambridge University
MPhil Historical Studies Girton College, Cambridge University
BA Hons Medieval and Renaissance History with Italian Language, Warwick University
Teaching Enhancement Framework analyst and author for History & Politics
Deputy Senior Tutor Politics and History Undergraduate Programmes
University Programme Developer & Chair
Member of University Senate
Newest selected publications
Dornan, I. (2019) 'To ‘make a good Mistress to my servants’: unmasking the meaning of maternalism in colonial South Carolina.', in Aje, L. and Armstrong, C. (eds.) The Many Faces of Slavery: New Perspectives on Slave Ownership and Slave Experiences in the Americas.. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 88 - 110. ISBN 13: 9781350071421. Open Access Link
Dornan, I. (2019) 'Conversion and Curriculum: nonconformist missionaries and the British and Foreign School Society in the British West Indies, Africa and India, 1800-1850'. Studies in Church History, 55. pp. 410 - 425. ISSN: 0424-2084 Open Access Link
Dornan, I. (2019) 'Sasha Turner, Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)'. Gender and History, 31 (1). pp. 240 - 249. ISSN: 0953-5233 Open Access Link
Dornan, I. (2018) 'The Politics of Women's Slave Management in the Colonial South'.New Approaches to Slave Management. University of Manchester. Slavery and Abolition. ISSN: 0144-039X Open Access Link
Dornan, I. (2018) ''Book don't feed our children': Nonconformist missionaries and the British and Foreign School Society in the development of elementary education in the British West Indies before and after emancipation.'. Slavery and Abolition, 40 (1). pp. 109 - 129. ISSN: 0144-039X Open Access Link