Black British History |

Dr Miranda Kaufmann



Affiliation: Independent Historian and Journalist



Research Description:

Dr Miranda Kaufmann studied History at Christ Church, Oxford, where she completed her doctoral thesis on ‘Africans in Britain, 1500-1640’ in 2011. As a freelance historian and journalist, she has worked for The Sunday Times, the BBC, the National Trust, English Heritage, the Oxford Companion series, Quercus publishing and the Rugby Football Foundation. She is a popular speaker at conferences, seminars and schools from Hull to Jamaica and has published articles in academic journals and elsewhere (including the Times Literary Supplement,  The Times, The Guardian,History Today, BBC History Magazine and Periscope Post). She enjoys engaging in debate at the intersection of past and present and has been interviewed by Sky News and the Observer.

Recent projects include the Influential Black Londoners exhibition at the National Trust’s Sutton House in Hackney, The Sunday Times Food List 2013, and an entry for John Blanke (fl.1507-1512) for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Her first book, Black Tudors, will be published by Oneworld in autumn 2016.

Research Keywords: Africans, Black, History, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian.

Countries and Regions of Interest: England, Scotland, Wales.


Preface to a new edition of David Dabydeen, Hogarth’s Blacks: Images of Blacks in Eighteenth Century English Art. First published 1985, new ed. forthcoming from Peepal Press, 2015.

‘“Making the beast with two backs”- Interracial relationships in Early Modern England,’ Literature Compass. 12.1. January 2015.: 22-37.

‘Blanke, John (fl. 1507-1512)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford. Oxford University Press, online edition, September 2014.

‘Sir Pedro Negro: what colour was his skin?’ Notes and Queries. 253. 2 (June 2008): 142-146.

‘Caspar Van Senden, Sir Thomas Sherley and the blackamoor Project.’ Historical Research. 81.212 (May 2008): 366-371.

‘Courts, Blacks at Early Modern European Aristocratic’; ‘English Common Law, Slavery and’; ‘Prester John’; and ‘‘Somersett Case’. Encyclopedia of Blacks in European History and Culture. ed. Eric Martone. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2008: I. 163-66, 200-3; II. 423-424, 504-505.

‘Dunbar, Rudolph (1899-1988)’; ‘Golliwog’; and ‘Tudor Britain.’ The Oxford Companion to Black British History, eds. D. Dabydeen, J. Gilmore and C. Jones. Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2007: 135-136, 191-2, 486-7.