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Professor Christer Petley

Professor Christer Petley

Professor of Atlantic History

Research interests

  • Atlantic History
  • Caribbean History
  • Slavery and Abolition

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


A historian with interests in Atlantic history, British imperial history, and Caribbean studies, Professor Petley's work has focused on the histories and legacies of slavery and abolition. His specific areas of expertise are the history of colonial slaveholders, particularly the planter elite, and the political struggles that led to the dismantling of the British slave system.