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Dr Inge Dornan

Dr Inge Dornan
Divisional Lead / Senior Lecturer in the History of Race and Gender

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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

Book chapter

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

Conference paper
More publications(5)