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Dr. Tara Inniss

Dr. Tara Inniss

Deputy Dean (Outreach)

Lecturer, History Coordinator, Heritage Studies

Department: History


Tara A. Inniss is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy and Deputy Dean (Outreach) in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. The areas of focus for her teaching and research include: history of medicine; history of social policy; and heritage and social development. In 2002-03, she received a Split-Site Commonwealth PhD Scholarship to study at the UWI/ University of Manchester. In 2007, she completed a Masters in International Social Development at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.


Dr. Inniss has served as a delegate for the Government of Barbados on the World Heritage Committee. She also has been a member of the Research Team which assembled the Nomination Dossier for UNESCO World Heritage Property Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison and The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum. She currently sits on several committees for the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and the Government of Barbados. She serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH).


PhD (UWI) MSD (UNSW) BA Hons. (York, Canada)

Research Areas

St. Kitts Stipendiary Magistrates Documentation Project

UNESCO World Heritage Nomination: The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story and Sugar and Rum

Teaching Areas

Barbadian/ Caribbean History; History of Medicine, Heritage Studies

Select Publications

"Of Roots and Routes: Visioning Barbados' Cultural Heritage through Trails Development -- The Barbados Trailway". In Pre-Colonial and Post-Contact Archaeology in Barbados: Past, Present, and Future Research Directions. Eds. Maaike De Waal, Niall Finneran and Matthew Reilly. Sidestone, 2020: 383-394. 

With Amalia Levi. “Decolonizing the Archival Record about the Enslaved: Digitizing the Barbados Mercury Gazette”. Archipelagos: A Journal of Caribbean Digital Praxis. 2020 4. 
“Femme affranchie et femme légitime: Un héritage inequitable à la Barbade (XVIIIe siècle)”. Clio: Femmes, Genre, Histoire – Le genre dans les mondes caribéens. 2019 50: 125-138. 
“‘Distempered, Maimed and Worn Out’: Some Perspectives on Slavery and Disability in Barbados and Antigua”. Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. 2019 LXV: 1-21. 

With Marcia Pilgrim and Garry Hornby. “Selective secondary school education in Barbados: the need for change”. Journal of International and Comparative Education. 2018 7(2): 111-126. 
“CARITALENTS: World Heritage and the Creative City”. In Caribbean Unveiled: The Caritalents Youth and Territory Project in Barbados and Dominica. Eds. Raffaele Paloscia, Michele Morbidoni ad Simone Spellucci. Firenze UP, 2017: 89-93.
“Resolved to Make a Trial of It: The Plantation, Medical Experimentation and the Development of Medical Knowledge in the British Caribbean”. Shibboleths. 2017 5(1): 52-65.  

 “From Codrington to Cave Hill: University Heritage in Transition”. Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. LXII 2017: 48-65. 
“‘American money… English money… and a few Dutch dollars’: Migration, Identity and the Saba-Barbados Connection, 1860-1920”. Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. LXI 2015:106-143. 
With Peter Chami and Bernd Sing. “Life in Bridgetown, Barbados, According to the Westbury Cemetery Records, 1877-1976”. Economic Quality Control. 30(1): 39-48. 2015 

Additional Info

Council Member, Barbados Museum and Historical Society
Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH)
Editorial Board, Atlantic Studies (Journal)
Director, UWI/ OAS Caribbean Heritage Network (CHN) under Associations