Barry William Higman (born 30 September 1943) is a retired Australian historian of Caribbean studies who primarily taught at the University of the West Indies from 1971 to 1996. During his career, Higman wrote multiple books including the 1977 Bancroft Prize winning work Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834 before his retirement from academics in 2014. Higman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987 and the Musgrave Medal in 1992.

Early life and educationEdit

On 30 September 1943, Higman was born in Wagga Wagga, Australia. For his post-secondary education, he graduated from the University of Sydney in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts before obtaining Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of the West Indies in 1967 and the University of Liverpool in 1971.[1]

CareerEdit

Higman began his academic career in 1971 teaching at the University of the West Indies as a lecturer. He took a leave of absence in the late 1970s when he became a fellow at Princeton University in the history department.[2] During his academic career, Higman wrote multiple books focusing on Caribbean history including Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834, which was awarded the 1977 Bancroft Prize. Higman resumed his teaching with UWI in the late 1970s and became a history professor with the university in 1983.[1] While working in history, Higman completed a three year tenure as the history department chair in the mid 1980s and the early 1990s. In 1996, Higman left UWI to become a teacher at the Australian National University before his retirement in 2014.[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

Higman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987 for studies in Iberian and Latin American history.[4] Outside of the United States, Higman became a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1988 and received the Musgrave Medal in 1992.[5][6]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834
  • How Food Made History
  • A Concise History of the Caribbean
  • Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy
  • Jamaican Food
  • Montpelier, Jamaica: A Plantation Community in Slavery and Freedom 1739-1912
  • Jamaican Place Names
  • Jamaica Surveyed: Plantation Maps and Plans of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Matthews, Tracy L., ed. (2006). "HIGMAN, B(arry) W(illiam) 1943-". Contemporary Authors. New Revision. 143. Detroit: Thompson Gale. pp. 198-99. ISBN 078767897X.
  2. ^ "Princeton fellow for book". The Central New Jersey Home News. 7 April 1977. p. 55.
  3. ^ "Outstanding scholarship in Caribbean history". Jamaica Gleaner. 31 January 2014. p. D2. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Barry Higman". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Fellows -H" (PDF). Royal Historical Society. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  6. ^ "22 J'cans awarded Musgrave medals". Daily Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica). 15 October 1992. p. Two.