Dr Miranda Clare Kaufmann

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Dr Miranda Clare Kaufmann
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
17-Nov-2015 to 31-Jul-2023
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Communities, Classes, Races, Culture, Early Modern, History
Africa, Caribbean, England, Europe, North America, Scotland, South America, United Kingdom, Wales
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Dr. Miranda Kaufmann is interested in the history of Africans in Tudor, Stuart and Georgian Britain, and in Caribbean enslavement and colonialism and its connections to Britain.

She read History at Christ Church, Oxford, and is now an Honorary Fellow of the University of Liverpool, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Her first book Black Tudors: The Untold Story (2017), was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize and Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize and has also been optioned for a TV drama by Silverprint Pictures. 

Her interest in country houses' links to enslavement began when she surveyed such links for English Heritage in 2006, and has been developed during her time as Lead Historian for the Colonial Countryside project, which is worked with 10 National Trust properties, local primary schools, and creative writers, to explore the houses’ histories of links with Caribbean enslavement and the East India Company.

She is currently working on her second book, Heiresses: The Caribbean Marriage Trade; and taking her work into schools with her Teaching Black Tudors project, and to the world with her free online Black Tudors course with FutureLearn. 

For further information, a more detailed biography and to access all her published articles, blogs and interviews see: www.mirandakaufmann.com

Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

Dr. Kaufmann is, with Michael Ohajuru, the co-convenor of the ‘What’s Happening in Black British History’ workshop series and network which has been at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies since 2014. For more information see www.blackbritishhistory.co.uk


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