Professor in Modern History, Department of History
Henrice Altink is a Professor in Modern History at the History Department. Henrice has been actively involved with the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS) for many years and is currently an executive member of the Social History Society.
Henrice’s main research focuses on social inequalities in the British Caribbean. She has worked extensively on gender during slavery and in the post-emancipation period. Her more recent research focusses on race in the era of decolonisation.
Henrice’s forthcoming book Unveiling the Public Secret: Race in Colonial and Independent Jamaica (Liverpool University Press, 2019) looks at race and colour discrimination in Jamaica from 1918 till 1980. It not only maps the multiple and often covert forms of discrimination in a variety of settings – e.g. work, education, and law - but also explores how they were discussed and the extent to which they were contested. The book ends with an epilogue that takes the story up to the present and sets out suggestions that will enable Jamaica to become the equal society it has set out in its development plan ‘Vision 2030. Henrice has also worked on the history of medicine and health in the 20th-century Caribbean, in particular mental health, nutrition and TB. More recently, she has begun to explore climate change in the coastal Caribbean amongst others as co-investigator of the GCRF/NERC-funded Building Resilience along Colombia’s Caribbean Coast in the face of Sudden and Slow-onset Environmental Hazards research.
Henrice currently leads a GCRF/AHRC-funded international research network on risk and resilience in the coastal Caribbean; is co-investigator on the GCRF/NERC funded Coastal Ecosystem Recovery Financing for the Future: Developing Insurance products to enhance response and recovery from tropical cyclones; and is also co-investigator on the GCRF/AHRC/MRC-funded Historical and epidemiological transitions in urban Caribbean foodscapes: understanding the past to enhance future healthy eating.
Henrice is a member of York’s Global Challenges Research Fund Steering Group and Associate Provost for the Americas.