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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of History and Philosophy


Dr. Tara Inniss

Dr. Tara Inniss

Lecturer in History

Director, UWI/ OAS Caribbean Heritage Network (CHN) Coordinator, Heritage Studies

Department: History


Tara A. Inniss is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies (UWI). 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 is the Director of the UWI/ OAS Caribbean Heritage Network (CHN). She has also served as a delegate for the Government of Barbados on the World Heritage Committee. She currently serves on the executive committees for the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH).


PhD History, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus (2008)
MSD, University of New South Wales (2007)
CUTL, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus (2011)
BA Hons., York University (2001)

Research Areas

UWI/ OAS Caribbean Heritage Network (CHN)
Japanese Funds-In-Trust (JFIT)/ UNESCO World Heritage Nomination for the Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum and Sustainable Heritage Tourism Programme (Caribbean)
St. Kitts Stipendiary Magistrate Documentation Project

Select Publications

“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.

With Marcia Pilgrim and Garry Hornby. (2018). “Selective secondary school education in Barbados: the need for change”. Journal of International and Comparative Education. 2018 7(2): 111-126.

"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, 2018

“Femme affranchie et femme légitime. Un héritage inéquitable à la Barbade (XVIIIe siècle)” Clio Femmes, Genre, Histoire: Le genre dans laes mondes caribeens. 50: 125-138 2019

“’Distempered, Maimed and Worn Out’: Some Perspectives on Slavery and Disability in Barbados and Antigua.” Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. LXV 2019


History of medicine; family history; genealogy; Barbados; Barbadian history; heritage