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Dr Kellie Moss

ESRC GCRF Research Associate

School/Department: History Politics and International Relations, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)754 925 4348

Email: km345@leicester.ac.uk

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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 ERC funded project The Carceral Archipelago: Transnational Circulations in Global Perspective 1415-1960 (2013-18) 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). I am currently working as a Research Associate at the University of Leicester on the ESRC GCRF funded project MNS disorders in Guyana’s jails 1825 to the present day (2019-2022). 

Research

My doctoral research (2013-2018) examined the global mobilities and integration of a range of coerced labourers in nineteenth century Western Australia (1829-1868) bringing global and local history into dialogue. It provided a framework for understanding the functioning of and entanglement between different systems of coerced labour extraction and workers’ experiences.

As a British Academy Research Associate (2018-19) I surveyed correspondence at the National Archives of Guyana and the UK to analyse key features of imprisonment during the British colonial period. I connected these to the challenges faced by the prison sector since Guyana’s independence in 1966.

As a ESRC GCRF Research Associate (2019-2022) I am analysing a range of archives to trace mental neurological and substance abuse disorders in prisons in British Guiana 1825-1966. This is challenging stereotypes about punishment and mental health. I have also been PI on two virtual reality prison projects. The first (2019) created a 3D interactive model of nineteenth century Mazaruni prison and the second (2020) created a Covid-19 staff training and recording App for the same site.

Publications

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Working Papers
Moss, K., Toner, D., History of Substance Use and Control in British Guiana, Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies Working Paper Series, Vol 4, (2021), ISSN:  2516-4783. 

Anderson, C., Moss, K., Adams, E., Insanity and Imprisonment in British Guiana, 1814-1966, Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies Working Paper Series, Vol 4, (2021), ISSN:  2516-4783.

Journal Articles 

Warren, K. Moss, K., Kerrigan, D., Ayres, T., Anderson, A., Cameron, Q., Confronting Silences Haunting Guyana’s Juvenile Justice System, Caribbean Journal of Criminology, Vol 3:1 (2021), ISSN: 0799-3897, pp. 10-39.


Moss, K., The Swan River Experiment: Coerced Labour in Western Australia 1829-1868, Studies in Western Australian History, Vol 34, (2020), ISSN: 0314-7525, pp. 23-39. 

Anderson, C. Ifill, M., Adams, E., Moss, K., Guyana's Prisons: Colonial Histories of Post Colonial Challenges, The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, Vol 59, No 3, (2020), ISSN: 2059-1098, pp. 335-34. 

Book Chapter:
Anderson, C. Crockett, C., De Vito, C., Miyamoto, T., Moss, K., Roscoe, K. Locating Penal Transportation: Punishment, Space and Place. In: D. Moran and K. Morin. eds. Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past. Abingdon Routledge, (2016), pp.147-67. 

Book Reviews:
Paton, D., 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, No. 2 (2018).

Lindsey, K., The Convicts Daughter: The scandal that shocked the colony, (Allen & Unwin, 2016) in Journal of Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 48, No. 2 (2017).

Selected Digital Publications:
Anderson, C. Moss, K., Epidemics and pandemics In British Guianas Jails in the 19th and 20th centuries (2020) https://mnsguyana.le.ac.uk/category/spanish-flu-1918-19/

Moss, K., History of Substance Use and Control in Guiana (2020) https://mnsguyana.le.ac.uk/2020/03/30/history-of-substance-abuse-and-control-in-guyana/

Moss, K., A System of Reintegration and Control: The Dual Functionality of Regional Convict Depots in Western Australia (2017) https://staffblogs.le.ac.uk/carchipelago/2017/03/20/

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Teaching

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 on a number of 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. MA teaching includes HS7010 Core Module Historical Research Historical Writing.

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

Activities

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.
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