Gelien Matthews, Ph.D.

Lecturer

 

Gelien Matthews

 

Degree/Qualification: B.A. Dip Ed, CULT (UWI), Ph.D. (University of Hull)

Email: gelien.matthews@sta.uwi.edu

Office Room Number: 221

Extension No.: 83054

 

Courses:

HIST 1703: Introduction to History

HIST 2201: History of the US to 1865

HIST 2202: History of the US since 1865

HIST 3003: Women and Gender in the History of the English Speaking Caribbean

 

Gelien Matthews read her PhD in Economic and Social History at the University of Hull, England having been the recipient of The Black Diaspora Scholarship in 1999. In 2012, she was the recipient of the prestigious UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award. In addition to several online and hard print articles on American and Caribbean history, she has two major publications; Caribbean Slave Revolts and the British Abolitionist Movement published in 2006 by the Louisiana State University Press and History of the Church of the Nazarene Trinidad and Tobago published in 2008. In the 2016 publication of Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro Latin American Biography by Oxford University Press, she successfully submitted nine entries. Gelien Matthews currently lectures in Caribbean, American and Gender History and coordinates the MPhil and PhD programme of the UWI History Department.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Books:

Caribbean Slave Revolts and the British Abolitionist Movement - Cover

Matthews, Gelien. Caribbean Slave Revolts and the British Abolitionist Movement. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. (2004)

 

Matthews, Gelien. History of the Church of the Nazarene Trinidad and Tobago. Barataria, Trinidad: Christian Printers Limited. (2008)

Book chapters:

Matthews, Gelien. (2016) “Elevating the Masses through the Masquerade: George Bailey’s Afrocentric Mas in Trinidad’s Carnival” in Debbie McCollin In the Fires of Hope Volume 2 Essays on the Modern History of Trinidad and Tobago. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers, 2016 pp. 186 – 187.

Matthews, Gelien (2016) Nine entries (Matthew, Wentworth Arthur; Soubise, Julius; Benjamin Bennie; Pero, Jones; Wells, Nathaniel; Lewis Sandy, McArtha; Lewis, Christiana Felicia; Pujadas-McShine, Lenora and Teshea, Isabel) in Franklin Knight and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro Latin American Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. (See also http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/DCALAB )

Matthews, Gelien. (2012) "English-Speaking Caribbean, U.S. Relations with: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Dominica; Grenada; Jamaica; Montserrat; St. Kitts and St. Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent; The Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands." In Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations, edited by Thomas M. Leonard, vol. 1, 316-320. Washington, DC: CQ Press.

Matthews, Gelien. (2007) “Trinidad: A Model Colony for British Slave Trade Abolition” in Farrel, Unwin and Walvin (Eds.) The British Slave Trade: Abolition, People and Parliament. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (See also https://muse.jhu.edu/article/216411 )

Matthews, Gelien. (2004) “The Other Side of Slave Revolts” in Sandra Courtman (ed.) Beyond the Blood, the Beach and the Banana. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers. See also (http://community-languages.org.uk/SCS-Papers/olv1p1.pdf )

Articles:

Matthews, Gelien. (2013) “Tobago: In and Out of Colonial Empires” in Cruse and Rhiney (Eds.) Caribbean Atlas at http://www.caribbean-atlas.com/en/themes/waves-of-colonization-and-control-in-the-caribbean/waves-of-colonization/tobago-in-and-out-of-colonial-empires.html  pp. 1 – 4.

Matthews, Gelien. (2013) “Caribbean Nations in payback campaign for slave trade” in  The Conversation  and online journal posted at

http://theconversation.com/caribbean-nations-in-payback-campaign-for-slave-trade-18705 October 17, 2013.

Matthews, Gelien. (2012) “Bridget Brereton’s Gendered Testimony in Caribbean History” in Claudius Fergus (ed.) History in Action, Vol. 3 No. 1, September 2012, pp. 1 – 5. ISSN: 2221-7886 The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Department of History. (See also http://www.mainlib.uwi.tt/epubs/historyaction/papers/vol3no1.6.gm_brereton1.pdf )

Matthews, Gelien. (2012) “Now I’m a Believer!” in UWI Today The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. Sunday 28th October, 2012, p.7

Matthews, Gelien. (2012) “The Impact of Abolition and Emancipation in Tobago” The R-Evolutionary An online Publication of the History Society of The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. Editor Shane Pantin. 2 January 2012, Number 43, pp. 2 – 12.

Matthews, Gelien. (2011) “History – A Worthwhile Academic Discipline” in Basil Reid (ed.) History in Action, Vol. 2 No. 2, September 2011, pp. 1 – 5. ISSN: 2221-7886 The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Department of History. (See also http://www.mainlib.uwi.tt/epubs/historyaction/papers/article1_gelien_matthews.pdf )

Matthews, Gelien. (2011) “Unrepentant Eurocentric Historiography in the Movie Amazing Grace of Freedom” in Basil Reid (ed.) History in Action Vol. 2 No. 1 April 2011, pp. 1 – 8. ISSN 2201 7880 The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago Department of History. (See also http://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2139/11129/Article%206%20-%20matthews.pdf?sequence=1 )

Matthews, Gelien. (2010) “From America to Trinidad and Tobago: Beginnings of the Church Part I of three part series. Published on line by Engage Magazine A Global Mission Magazine of the Church of the Nazarene, Germany.  Managing Editor Gina Pottenger. http://engagemagazine.com/Magazine-Content/Articles/November-2010/Trinidad-and-Tobago--Beginnings.aspx November 24, 2010.

Part II of above published at http://engagemagazine.com/Magazine-Content/Articles/December-10/From-America-to-Trinidad-and-Tobago--Beginnings-of.aspx December 1, 2010. 

Part III of above published at : http://engagemagazine.com/Magazine-Content/Articles/December-10/From-America-to-Trinidad-and-Tobago--Beginning-%281%29.aspx December 1, 2010.

Matthews, Gelien. (2009) “SANKOFA” The R-Evolutionary. An online Publication of the History Society of The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. Editor Shane Pantin Volume 1, Issue 6, pp. 8 – 11, July, 26.

Matthews, Gelien. (2009) “Long Road to Freedom” Sunday Guardian Sunday January 18, pp. 27 - 29.

Matthews, Gelien. (2013) “Female Maroons of the West Indies” in Cruse and Rhiney (Eds.) Caribbean Atlas   http://www.caribbean-atlas.com/en/themes/waves-of-colonization-and-control-in-the-caribbean/resistance-to-imperialism-and-emancipation/female-maroons-of-the-west-indies.html pp. 1 – 4.

Matthews, Gelien. (2001) “The Rumour Syndrome, Sectarian Missionaries and Nineteenth Century Slave Rebels of the British West Indies” in Sandra Courtman (ed.) The Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference Papers Vol. 2 2001 ISSN 1471-2024 httt://scsonline.freeserve.co.uk/olvol2.html pp. 1- 11. (See also http://community-languages.org.uk/SCS-Papers/olv2p2.pdf )

 

Book Reviews:

Forclaz, Amaia Ribi, Humanitarian Imperialism: The Politics of Anti-Slavery Activism, 1880-1940 (Oxford, 2015). Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (forthcoming)

Fergus, Claudius Revolutionary Emancipation: Slavery and Abolitionism in the British West Indies by (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2013. Pp. xiii, 271. $45.00) in The Historian Volume 77, No. 2, June 5, 2015, pp. 382 – 384. See http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hisn.12062_50/abstract 

Bristol, Laurette Plantation Pedagogy A Postcolonial and Global Perspective. New York: Peter Lang, 2012. Vii+ 206 in The New West India Guide, 88 (2014) 85–229, pp. 158 –160.

 

Chapter Reviews:

Blind Peer Review of “The Tardy Triumphs of a Cautious Policy”: Saint-Domingue and Imperial Reform in British Abolitionist Discourse by TRAVERSEA an online journal of Transatlantic History of the University of Texas (forth coming)

Klooster, Wim. “Slave Revolts, Royal Justice, and a Ubiquitous Rumour in the Age of Revolutions” in William and Mary Quarterly 3rd Series, Vol. 71, No. 3, July 2014, pp. 401 – 424.

Research Interests:

Dr Matthews has a wide interest in Caribbean history in general and the history of enslaved resistance and revolt in particular. She also seeks to trace and interrogate the history of the Church of the Nazarene in Trinidad and Tobago, American history with connections to the Caribbean, women and gender history of the Caribbean and the study of the discipline of history itself.

Over the past eight years of her academic career at the University of the West Indies, she has worked closely with a number of American colleges and universities in the summer study abroad programme organized by the International Office of the UWI. Some of the institutions with which she has collaborated include Western Kentucky University, Georgia State University, West Florida State University, Kennesaw University, Hastings College, Albany State University, Lincoln State University and University of Arkansas, Little Rock. In the May June period of each year, I usually facilitate workshops with these groups of between five and twelve students on the History of the Mas, steel pan and calypso in the Carnival of Trinidad and Tobago.