William Morgan's 1682 map of London.

Jamie Gemmell

Historian of the Early Modern Atlantic World

I am a historian of race and power in the Early Modern Atlantic World. I am an AHRC-funded History PhD researcher at King's College, London. My project is a social history of London between 1655 and 1730. It seeks to understand how social relations within the city changed in the wake of Atlantic racial slavery. The project is titled “Reckoning with Race in Early Modern London, 1655-1730” and supervised by Prof. Laura Gowing and Prof. Miles Ogborn.


  • Mentee: RaceB4Race Mentorship Network, ACMRS & Folger Library (2023-2024)
  • Co-Convenor: Reflecting on Imtiaz habib's Black Lives in the English Archives: An Online Symposium (2022-2023)
  • Assistant Editor: Slavery, Law, and Power Project (2022-2023)
  • Paper Publications Editor: Northern Early Modern Network (2021-2022)
  • Editor in Chief: Retrospect Journal (2020-2021)
  • Project Director: James Knight's History of Jamaica (2019-Present)
  • Projects

    An image of the John Blanke Tournament roll.
    Reflecting on Habib's Black Lives in the English Archives

    A year-long Symposium that reflected on Imtiaz Habib's Black Lives in the English Archives, 1500-1677. Through the Autumn and Winter of 2022 we hosted three online reading sessions. These were followed by a blog series, published by the many-headed monster blog. The series was launched on the 19th May 2023 at the London Metropolitan Archives.

    A photograph of the title page of James Knight's manuscript.
    James Knight's History of Jamaica

    A digital humanities project that seeks to produce a digitised and annotated version of James Knight's 1746 manuscript, A Natural, Moral, and Political History of Jamaica.

    Publications and Outputs

  • "Fictions of Consent: Slavery, Servitude, and Free Service in Early Modern England , by Urvashi Chakravarty,"Journal of Global Slavery 8, no. 2/3 (2023):346-348.
  • Co-edited with Rebecca Adusei, "Reflecting on Imtiaz Habib's Black LIves in the English Archives," the many-headed monster (2023)
  • "The Natural, Moral, and Political History of Jamaica and the Territories thereon depending from the First Discovery of the Island by Christopher Columbus, to the Year 1746, by James Knight, ed. Jack P. Greene," English Historical Review (2023)
  • "The Trial and Testimony of Edward Francis," Northern Early Modern Network Blog (2021)
  • "The Anglo-Atlantic World during the 17th Century," Scottish Centre for Global History Podcast (November, 2021)
  • "Editing The Jamaica Reader: A Conversation with Prof. Diana Paton and Prof. Matthew Smith," Retrospect Journal (June 06, 2021)
  • Co-edited with RACE.ED "Race in Retrospective," Retrospect Journal (2021)
  • "Review: Our Time is Now," Retrospect Journal (May 23, 2021)
  • "Writing Postcolonial Histories: A Conversation with Dr. Julie Gibbings," Retrospect Journal (May 23, 2021)
  • "Listening to Empire: Making Podcasts with Jelena Sofronijevic," Retrospect Journal (April 05, 2021)
  • "Histories of Hope," Retrospect Journal (April, 2021)
  • "Review: Wicked Flesh," Retrospect Journal (March 07, 2021)
  • "Review: Tacky's Revolt," Retrospect Journal (January 31, 2021)
  • "Book One to Book Two: Writing Histories of Atlantic Slavery," Retrospect Journal (January 31, 2021)
  • "Prejudice and Pandemics," Retrospect Journal (January, 2021)
  • "Review: Slavery at Sea," Retrospect Journal (October 11, 2021)
  • "From Proposal to Published: Writing Histories of Atlantic Slavery," Retrospect Journal (October 11, 2021)
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