Dr Christienna Fryar

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Black British History
Department History
Email c.fryar (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Christienna Fryar

Christienna Fryar is a historian of modern Britain, the British Empire, and the modern Caribbean. At the heart of her work is the conviction that Britain and its history cannot be understood in isolation from the Caribbean. Her current research uses disaster studies to embed modern British history within the fields of comparative slavery and emancipation studies. Future work will examine Britain’s centuries-long imperial, postemancipation and postcolonial entanglements with the Caribbean through the cultural arenas of sports and language. She is convenor of the new MA in Black British History, and she is also a 2020 AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Princeton University
  • MA, Princeton University
  • AB, Duke University

Teaching and Supervision

Publications and research outputs


Fryar, Christienna. 2021. Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Liberalism, by Christopher Taylor. New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, 95(3-4), pp. 316-317. ISSN 1382-2373

Fryar, Christienna. 2021. Sara Collins. The Confessions of Frannie Langton. The American Historical Review, 126(3), pp. 1184-1186. ISSN 0002-8762

Fryar, Christienna. 2020. Wendy Gonaver, The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840-1880, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Social History of Medicine, 33(4), pp. 1390-1391. ISSN 0951-631X

Behm, Amanda; Fryar, Christienna; Hunter, Emma; Leake, Elisabeth; Lewis, Su Lin and Miller-Davenport, Sarah. 2020. Decolonizing History: Enquiry and Practice. History Workshop Journal, 89, pp. 169-191. ISSN 1363-3554

Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, Florence; Hilliard, Chris; Fryar, Christienna; Moulton, Mo and Hampton, Mark. 2019. Modern Britain, 1750 to the Present. By James Vernon. Twentieth Century British History, 30(2), pp. 264-284. ISSN 0955-2359

Fryar, Christienna. 2018. The Narrative of Ann Pratt: Life-Writing, Genre and Bureaucracy in a Postemancipation Scandal. History Workshop Journal, 85, pp. 265-279. ISSN 1363-3554

Fryar, Christienna. 2017. The Work of Disappointment. Small Axe, 21(2 (53)), pp. 193-200. ISSN 0799-0537

Fryar, Christienna. 2017. Ties That Bind: The Black Family in Post-slavery Jamaica, 1834–1882. Hispanic American Historical Review, 97(1), pp. 165-166. ISSN 0018-2168

Fryar, Christienna. 2016. Imperfect Models: The Kingston Lunatic Asylum Scandal and the Problem of Postemancipation Imperialism. Journal of British Studies, 55(4), pp. 709-727. ISSN 0021-9371

Fryar, Christienna. 2015. Book Review: Agency of the Enslaved: Jamaica and the Culture of Freedom in the Atlantic World, written by D.A. Dunkley. New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, 89(1-2), pp. 99-101. ISSN 1382-2373

Fryar, Christienna. 2013. The Moral Politics of Cholera in Postemancipation Jamaica. Slavery & Abolition, 34(4), pp. 598-618. ISSN 0144-039X

Further profile content


Christienna has worked in several different kinds of institutions in the United States and the United Kingdom, where she have taught modules encompassing British history from 1660 to the present; the history of the Caribbean from 1492 to the present; European history since 1500; European empires from 1500 to the present; Black British history from the Romans to the 1980s; research seminars/special subjects on urban history, disaster studies, and historiography; undergraduate and MA seminars on comparative slavery and emancipation across the Americas as well as the heritage of slavery; in addition to a range of team-taught modules at UK institutions.