Ms Kellie Moss

Dr Kellie MossResearch Associate and Carceral Archipelago Affiliated Researcher

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BA (Hon), MA, PhD, AFHEA

After graduating in Modern History at De Montfort University in 2012 and completing an MA in history at the University of Leicester, I was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship with Leicester’s School of History in 2013 - 2017. Between the years 2017-2018 I worked as a research assistant on the ERC funded project The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective, 1415-1960 (2013-18), as part of a team working on a global history of penal colonies led by Professor Clare Anderson. 

I am currently a Research Assiciate at the University of Leicester on a British Academy Global Challenges Research Fund 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.

My doctoral 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 have been Assistant to the Editor for the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, John Hopkins University Press since March 2017, and have recently taken on the role of Book Review Editor (April 2018).


As a Graduate Teaching Assistant I have 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 Review: 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.

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