Department of History

Randy Browne, PhD

Associate Professor, History Department

Randy M. Browne is a historian of Atlantic slavery who specializes in the British Caribbean.  His first book, Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), focused on the problem of survival in Berbice (part of what is now Guyana) and won the Ohio Academic of History’s Publication Award and the biennial Elsa Goveia Book Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians.  Browne’s scholarship has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Library Company of Philadelphia, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the U.S. Department of Education.  His articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, the New West Indian Guide, and Slavery & Abolition.  He teaches courses on the African diaspora, the transatlantic slave trade, the Caribbean, and colonial America.  Browne is currently working on a new book project (under contract with Penn Press) about enslaved drivers in British Caribbean plantation societies. 




  • Ph.D., Global History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)
  • M.A., U.S. History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009)
  • B.A., History and Spanish, Eckerd College (2006)