B.W. Higman is William Keith Hancock Professor of Australian History, former Head, History Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Academy for the Social Sciences in Australia, and Professor Emeritus, University of the West Indies.
A prolific researcher and writer, his award-winning publications include Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834, which won the Bancroft Prize in American History; Slave Populations of the British Caribbean, 1807-1834, which won the Elsa Goveia Prize of the Association of Caribbean Historians; Montpelier, Jamaica: A Plantation Community in Slavery and Freedom which won the Elsa Goveia Prize of the Association of Caribbean Historians and an award from the Jamaica National Heritage Trust; and Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy which won the Best Academic Book Award 2006 from the Book Industry Association of Jamaica. Professor Higman also taught for many years in the Department of History, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and much of the primary research for this project was conducted during his tenure in Jamaica.
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