Brittany Merritt

Academic Interests:

Modern Britain and the British Empire, modern Europe, the Black Atlantic, decolonization, history of science and medicine, women’s and gender history


My research investigates the ways in which colonial subjects challenged the late British Empire. In particular, I focus on how struggles over the welfare and citizenship of black Caribbean laborers transformed both Britain and emerging nation-states alike in the years leading to decolonization.


“Insecurities of Empire: Struggles over Health Reform in Interwar Barbados,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 18:3 (Winter 2017)

“‘Making His Way to the Heart of India’: British Missionaries, Indian Nationalism, and Religious Belonging in Post World War I India.” British Scholar 3:1 (September 2010)