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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

  • Liberated Africans: the British Empire and the aftermath of abolition (in preparation). “A moral millstone”: British humanitarianism and the policy of liberated African apprenticeship, 1808- 1848’, (Slavery & Abolition, 2016). 

  • "A “very extensive system of peculation and jobbing”: the Liberated African Department and the fraud 
inquiry of 1848"(Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 2016).
  • “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).
  • Series contributor, Royal Irish Academy, Dictionary of Irish Biography (Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, 2009).
  • “The reptile that had stung me”: William Plunket and the Trial of Robert Emmet’, A. Dolan, P. Geoghegan and D. Jones (eds.), Reinterpreting Emmet: Essays on the Life and Legacy of Robert Emmet (University College Dublin Press, 2007).