Professor in Modern History, Department of History
Henrice Altink is a Professor in Modern History at the History Department and a leading historian of the Anglophone Caribbean. She has published widely on inequalities of gender, race and class in Jamaica from slavery to the present, including Representations of Slave Women in Discourses on Slavery and Abolition, 1780-1838 (2007), Destined for a Life of Service: Defining African-Jamaican Womanhood, 1865-1938 (2011) and Public Secrets: Race in Colonial and Independent Jamaica (2019). Much of her recent research is interdisciplinary, including work on health inequalities in the Caribbean. She has published on mental health, nutrition and TB control in Jamaica, and led a British Academy-funded network (2014-2016) on public health in the Caribbean and Latin America.
More recently, she has also been working with ecologists from York and other universities to explore historical processes behind environmental degradation in the circum-Caribbean, funded by several GCRF grants. Henrice is a member of York’s Global Challenges Research Fund Steering Group and sits on the AHRC’s ODA college.