Dr. Tara  Inniss


Dr. Tara Inniss
Title: Lecturer in History
Department: History
Discipline: History
Qualifications: BA (York), MSD (UNSW), PhD (UWI)
Contact: Room: #5, Suite A19 Tel.: (246) 417-4934 Fax: (246) 424-0634 E-mail: tara.inniss@cavehill.uwi.edu
Teaching Areas: Dr. Inniss teaches courses in the History of Medicine; Gender; Research Methodology and Family History and Heritage.
Biography: Dr. Tara Inniss is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. Dr. Inniss joined the Department in 2007 after completing a PhD in Caribbean History at UWI (Cave Hill) and a Masters in Social Development from the University of New South Wales in Australia. She is currently a member of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and  Research Team and has served on heritage committees for the Ministry of Community Development and Culture, Ministry of Tourism and the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. She is also a member of the Executive of the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH). She is also an active member of the University of York (UK) and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz, Brazil) Public Health in Latin America and the Caribbean Research Network.
In 2002, Dr. Inniss was awarded the Spilt-Site Commonwealth PhD Scholarship, which allowed her to carry out study and research at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Her PhD thesis entitled “’Fed with the Bread of Slavery’: Children’s Health during Slavery and the Apprenticeship Period, 1790-1838” focused on the role malnutrition played in the lives of children, this dissertation examined some of the strategies used by parents, community members and plantation authorities to ensure children’s health and provide adequate care. The study also explored some of the challenges involved in studying children’s history in former slave societies and investigated the shifting social, political and economic roles of children in Barbados.
She has published articles and chapters in scholarly journals and edited books on a variety covering several aspects of health, family, children, and gender during slavery and the apprenticeship. She has also published on heritage development in the region. Her current research focuses on public health development in the 20th century Caribbean. Dr. Inniss is has an avid interest in the history of medicine in the Caribbean as well as social policy and development issues in the Caribbean.
  • Caribbean History
  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Social Development
  • Caribbean Heritage
Publications: 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
“’This Complicated Incest’” Children, Sexuality and Sexual Abuse during Slavery and the Apprenticeship Period in the British Caribbean.” In Sex, Power, and Slavery. Eds. Gwyn Campbell and Elizabeth Elbourne. Routledge UP, 2014.
“Heritage and Communities in a Small Island Developing State: World Heritage in Barbados”. Ed. Amareswar Galla. World Heritage and Sustainable Development: The Role of Local Communities. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012.
With Lee Jolliffe. “The Industrial Heritage of Sugar at World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean”. Ed. Lee Joliffe et al. Sugar Heritage and Tourism in Transition. Bristol: Channel View, 2012.
Locating Gender in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Caribbean”. Ed. Eudine Barriteau in Love and Power: Caribbean Discourses in Love and Gender. Kingston: UWI Press, 2012
Treaty-Specific Report for the International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Barbados: Bridgetown, 2011. 
With Welch, P. et al. Nomination Dossier for Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. Ministry of Community Development and Culture, Government of Barbados: Bridgetown, 2010. 
“‘Any elderly, sensible, prudent woman’: The Practice and Practitioners of Midwifery during Slavery in the British Caribbean”. Eds. David Wright and Juanita De Barros. Studies in the Social History of Medicine Series: The History of Health and Medicine in the Circum Caribbean. Routledge: New York, 2009. 
Comprehensive Report to Inform the Presentation by the Government of Barbados to the Annual Ministerial Review of the United Nations Economic and Social Council on Barbados’ Progress Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the Other Internationally Agreed Development Goals. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Barbados/ United Nations Development Programme. 2007. 
With Brown, L. “The Slave Family in the Transition to Freedom: Comparative Perspectives on the Experiences of Afro-Caribbean Women”. Women and Slavery. Volume II: Modern Atlantic. Ohio University Press. 2007 (Also published in Slavery & Abolition 200526 (2): 257-269.) 
“From Slavery to Freedom: Children’s Health in Barbados, 1823-1838”. Slavery and Abolition. 2006 27(2): 251-260. 

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