UCL Institute of the Americas


Dr Kate Quinn

Dr Kate Quinn


Associate Professor of Caribbean History

Programme Director: MA Caribbean and Latin American Studies
Programme director (interim):
ma latin american studies
msc latin american politics
Department Graduate Tutor: Taught


Kate Quinn is Associate Professor of Caribbean History at the UCL Institute of the Americas. Previously, she headed the Caribbean programme at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, which she joined as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and subsequently Lecturer in Modern History in 2005. She served for many years on the Committee of the Society for Caribbean Studies and was Chair of the Society from 2012-2014. She has also served as Chair of the Haiti Support Group, a UK-based advocacy organisation, and remains a regular member.

Research Summary

Dr Quinn's research focuses on the post-war history of the Caribbean. Thematic interests include democracy and governance in the post-independence Anglophone Caribbean; Black Power and the Caribbean left; Caribbean intellectual traditions; and interactions between political, intellectual and cultural movements across the region. Her publications include Beyond Westminster in the Caribbean (2018), with Brian Meeks; Black Power in the Caribbean (2014); and Politics and Power in Haiti (2013), with Paul Sutton. She is currently working on an edited volume on 1968 in the Americas, and a monograph on Black Power and Radical Politics in the Caribbean. 

Teaching Summary


HIST7361: Race and Resistance in Black Atlantic Thought

Post Graduate Taught:

AMER0011: Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean

AMER0013: The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution

Research Supervision:

Dr Quinn has supervised doctoral projects on topics as diverse as the role of organised labour in the Cuban Revolution; migration and return migration in St Kitts and Nevis; the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute; and publishing and the black press in the Caribbean diaspora in London. 

She welcomes applications from students undertaking research in areas such as

  • twentieth century political history of the Caribbean
  • race and ethnicity in the Caribbean
  • Caribbean intellectuals and political thought
  • Culture and nationalism in the Caribbean