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Dr Maeve Ryan

Dr Maeve Ryan

Maeve Ryan is a Lecturer in History and Grand Strategy at King's College London. Her broad area of specialization is nineteenth-century British imperial history, with a specific interest in sub-Saharan Africa, the East and West African slave trades, and their legacies. She holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Key Publications

  • ‘“A most promising field for future usefulness”: The Church Missionary Society and the Liberated Africans of Sierra Leone’, in William Mulligan and Maurice Bric (eds.), A Global History of Anti-Slavery Politics in the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  • ‘The price of legitimacy in humanitarian intervention: Britain, the European powers and the abolition of the West African slave trade, 1807-1867’, in D. Trim and B. Simms (eds.), Humanitarian Intervention: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • The Human Consequences of Abolition: Liberated Africans and the British Empire (monograph in preparation).
  • '"A moral millstone": British humanitarianism and the policy of liberated African apprenticeship, 1808-1848', (forthcoming, Slavery & Abolition).
  • 'A "very extensive system of peculation and jobbing": the Liberated African Department and the fraud inquiry of 1848' (forthcoming, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History).