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Professor Barry Higman

BA (Sydney), PhD (Hist) (University of the West Indies), PhD (Geog) (Liverpool)

Elected: 1997

Discipline: History

Specialisation: Caribbean, servants, occupations, landscape, historical geography


Professor Barry Higman specialises in the social and economic history of Australia and the Americas, particularly the Caribbean. Current research projects include:

  • domestic service in Australia
  • history of occupations in Australia
  • tropical landscape representation.


  • B. W. Higman (2002) Domestic Service in Australia. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • B. W. Higman (2000) Writing West Indian Histories. London: Macmillan.
  • (1999) Methodology and Historiography of the Caribbean. Vol VI of the UNESCO General History of the Caribbean. London/Paris: Macmillan/Unesco Publishing.
  • B. W. Higman (1999) Montpelier, Jamaica: A Plantation Community in Slavery and Freedom, 1739-1912. Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press.
  • B. W. Higman (1988) Jamaica Surveyed: Plantation Maps and Plans of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Kingston: Institute of Jamaica.
  • B. W. Higman (1984) Slave Populations of the British Caribbean, 1807-1834. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • B. W. Higman (1976) Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Contact Information

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