Melanie J. Newton is Associate Professor in the Department of History at University of Toronto. She specializes in the history of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World. She is the author of The Children of Africa in the Colonies: Free People of Color in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation (Baton Louisiana State University Press, 2008) and numerous scholarly articles on gender, slavery and slave emancipation and indigenous Caribbean history.
guest editor, "Caribbean Historiographies," Small Axe no. 43 (March 2014).
“The Race Leapt at Sauteurs: Genocide, Narrative, and Indigenous Exile from the Caribbean Archipelago, " Caribbean Quarterly: A Journal of Caribbean Culture 60, no. 2 (2014)
"Returns to a Native Land: Indigeneity and Decolonization in the Anglophone Caribbean," Small Axe no. 41 (July 2013).
“Freedom’s Prisons: Incarceration, Emancipation, and Modernity in No Bond but the Law," Small Axe 34 (March 2011).
"The King v. Robert James, a Slave, for Rape: Inequality, Gender, and British Slave Ameliorations, 1823-1834" Abolition 33, no. 1 (2012).
The Children of Africa in the Colonies: Free People of Color in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2008).