Dr Michael Bennett


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I am a historian of the British Empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, specialising in the histories of Caribbean slavery and the East India Company.

I gained my PhD from The University of Sheffield in 2020. My AHRC-funded research explored the London merchants who financed the development of sugar plantations and African slavery on the Caribbean island of Barbados during the mid-seventeenth century. 

After finishing my doctorate, I worked closely with a variety of London-based institutions - including the Bank of England, Somerset House, and Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals - where I carried out original research into their links to slavery and colonialism. Outputs from these public-facing projects include several research reports and a museum exhibition. 

My research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the AHRC, the Huntington Library, the John Carter Brown Library, the Eccles Centre for American Studies (British Library), the Society for Renaissance Studies, and the Royal Historical Society.

As a Postdoctoral Researcher on the AHRC-funded project Legacies of the British Slave Trade, I am writing the biographies of both private and corporate investors in the slave trade during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.