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Emeritus Professor Barry Higman

B.A. (Sydney)Ph.D. (West Indies)Ph.D. (Liverpool)LLD (West Indies)
Emeritus Professor of History
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Food Sciences 0908
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Historical Studies 2103

Research interests

Historical geography and historical demography, with particular reference to Australia and the West Indies.


I was previously Professor of History at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, and am now Professor Emeritus of that university. In my research and writing I seek to combine historical methodologies with techniques from other disciplines notably geography, toponymy and archaeology. I use quantitative methods whenever appropriate.

Researcher's projects

The world history of food over the last five thousand years; the global history of domestic servants in the modern world; the history of the Jamaican landscape; the history of Australia as a flat place; and the history of islands and insularity.


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