Brittany Merritt

Academic Interests:

British Empire, Africa and the Caribbean, the Black Atlantic, decolonization, history of science and medicine, women’s and gender history


My research investigates the ways in which colonial subjects across the African diaspora challenged the late British Empire. In particular, I focus on how struggles over the health and welfare of Caribbean laborers transformed both imperial policy and emerging nation-states alike in the years leading to decolonization.


“Insecurities of Empire: Struggles over Health Reform in Interwar Barbados,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 18:3 (Winter 2017)

“‘Making His Way to the Heart of India’: British Missionaries, Indian Nationalism, and Religious Belonging in Post World War I India.” British Scholar 3:1 (September 2010)