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Dr. Sasha Turner

Dr. Sasha Turner

UWI alumna, Dr. Sasha Turner of North Haven, Associate Professor of History, recently received the 2018 Maria Stewart Journal Article Prize from the African American Intellectual History Society for her essay: The Nameless and the Forgotten: Maternal Grief, Sacred Protection and the Archives of Slavery. She was also recognized as the 2018 Faculty Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University. She joined the faculty in 2010 and is the author of “Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica,” an illuminating study about how for almost 30 years before the slave trade ended, Jamaican slaveholders and doctors adjusted slave women's labor, discipline, and health care to increase birth rates and ensure that infants lived to become adult workers.

Ms. Turner contends that such adjustments further exploited enslaved people and disrupted the social bonds and cultural practices enslaved people created around reproductive health care and childbirth. She has written about the effects of the slave trade and slaveholding. She noted that she was honoured to have her work recognized. Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the UWI, Mona and a master of philosophy degree in historical studies and a doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge. She’s written about the effects of the slave trade and slaveholding. Robert Smart, The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University states “Sasha Turner’s scholarship is timely, urgent and exemplary. “We rely on scholars like Sasha to raise our horizon of understanding and thereby help change humanity for the better. She does that with regularity.”


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