Inge Dornan is a teacher and scholar who focuses on histories of race and gender in Britain and the Americas. She joined Brunel University London in 2003, after completing her PhD at Cambridge University. She is currently Deputy Head of the Department of Social and Political Sciences, and Division Lead of Politics and History.
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 became Visiting Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, where she worked on a research project on the education of enslaved children in the British West Indies.
Inge's research has a strong commitment to public engagement. In 2019 she led a series of public 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 heritage production on the British slave trade, Breaking the Silence, which she co-wrote with theatre director and academic, Dr Holly Maples. 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.
In 2021, Breaking the Silence attracted considerable critical acclaim on a sell-out tour of the UK. A second tour is scheduled in 2022.
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. Inge is a member of the History UK Steering Committee, and the UK's QAA History Subject Benchmark Statement panel (2021).
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