Dr Kellie Moss

Dr Kellie MossESRC, GCRF Research Associate

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BA (Hon), MA, PhD, AFHEA

After graduating in Modern History at De Montfort University (2012) and completing an MA in History at the University of Leicester (2013), I was awarded a 4 year Graduate Teaching Assistantship with Leicester’s School of History in 2013. My PhD research centered on the global integration of forced labourers to Western Australia from 1829-1868, with a particular focus on the entanglements between indentured European servants, apprenticed juvenile emigrants, convict labourers and Indigenous Australians. I completed my doctoral research as part of the European Research Council (ERC) funded project The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective, 1415-1960 (2013-18), working on a global history of penal colonies led by Professor Clare Anderson.

In January 2018 I took on the role of Research Associate at the University of Leicester on a British Academy GCRF project in collaboration with the University of Guyana: History and Security Sector Reform: Crime and Punishment in British Colonial Guyana, 1814-1966 (2018-19). The project, led by Prof, Clare Anderson and Dr Mellissa Ifill, is working to produce historical materials on Guyana's jails during the British colonial period, in partnership with the Guyana Prison Service.

I am currently working as a Research Associate at the University of Leicester on a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) MNS disorders in Guyana’s jails, 1825 to the present day (2018-2021). The project, which is a partnership between the University of Leicester, University of Guyana and the Guyana Prison Service, will research the definition, extent, experience and treatment of mental, neurological and substance abuse (MNS) disorders in Guyana’s jails: both among inmates and the people who work with them.

I have been Assistant to the Editor for the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, John Hopkins University Press since March 2017, and Book Review Editor since June 2018.



As a Graduate Teaching Assistant I designed and taught the module HS1100: Free colony to Penal Settlement: Settlers, Aborigines and Missionaries in Western Australia 1829–1849, since 2014. The module traces the history of Western Australia from its origins as a free colony in 1829 to its transformation into a penal settlement in 1849. I have also taught and continue to teach on a number of first year undergraduate modules including, HS1002: Shock of the Modern, HS1016: Europe 1861-1991: Emancipation and Subjugation, HS1011: Making of the Modern World, and HS1010: Europe Reshaped.

I was awarded the status of Association Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in May 2017.


Anderson C, Crockett CM, De Vito CG, Miyamoto T, Moss K, Roscoe K, Sakata M (2015) Locating penal transportation: punishment, space and place c. 1750-1900. In: Morin KM, Moran D (Eds.) Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the usable carceral past. London, Routledge.

Book Reviews

K. Lindsey’s, The Convict’s Daughter: The scandal that shocked the colony’, (Crow’s Nest: & Unwin, 2016)’ in Journal of Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 48, Issue. 2, 2017.

Diana Paton’s, The Cultural Politics of Obeah: Religion, colonialism and modernity in the Caribbean world (Cambridge University Press, 2015) in Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol.19, Number 2, Summer 2018, Johns Hopkins University Press.

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