Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy

Associate Professor

PhD

History

Tilley Hall 115

Fredericton

hunt.kennedy@unb.ca
1 506 447 3484



  • Fields of interest: The Caribbean and the Atlantic World; Disability History; Race, Gender, and Sexuality; Slavery and Emancipation; Colonialism; Animal Studies.
  • Period: Early Modern; Modern
  • Geography: Caribbean; Atlantic; global South
  • Thematic: Disability; Gender; Empires and Colonialism; Race and Ethnicity

Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy is an award-winning historian and disability advocate. Her scholarship brings together critical disability, feminist theory, animal studies, and critical race studies to examine the constitutive relationship between disability, slavery, and anti-black racism in the Caribbean and the Afro-Atlantic World.

Hunt-Kennedy’s first book, Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean (University of Illinois Press, 2020), won the 2021 Disability History Association Outstanding Book Award. Her article, “‘Had his nose cropt for being formerly runaway:’ Disability and the Bodies of Fugitive Slaves in the British Caribbean,” (Slavery & Abolition) received the 2021 Disability History Association Outstanding Journal Article Award, making her the first person to win both DHA awards.

Professor Hunt-Kennedy is the primary investigator of The Anglo-Atlantic Slave Law Project, a website that will provide worldwide access to the British slave laws from the earliest comprehensive codes of the seventeenth century to the laws that governed emancipation in the nineteenth century. This SSHRC-funded research project has an expected launch date of January 2023. Currently, Dr. Hunt-Kennedy is collaborating with Dr. Jenifer Barclay on an edited collection entitled, Cripping the Archive: Disability, Power, and History. Her next book project is a social history of the intersection of gender, disability and poverty in the age of amelioration and post-emancipation state formation in the British Caribbean.

In 2022, Professor Hunt-Kennedy joined the Board of Directors for the Disability History Association where she serves as Director of Publications. She is also a program co-ordinator for the 2023 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and a member of the Association of Caribbean Historians. Hunt-Kennedy’s disability advocacy lies at the intersections of addiction, disability, and the criminal justice system. She lives in New Brunswick with her partner and three young children.

Selected publications

Between Fitness and Death

Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean (University of Illinois Press, 2020). Winner of the 2021 Disability History Association Outstanding Book Award.

“Appears an Awkward and Foolish Fellow: Disability and Fugitivity in Caribbean Newspapers,” in Early Modern Medicine: A Source Centered Introduction edited by Olivia Weisser (Routledge Press, forthcoming, 2022).

“Silence, Violence, and the Archive of Slavery,” English Language Notes, 2021 (59.1): 222-224.

“Disability, the Middle Passage, and the Plantation: Slavery-Induced Disability in the Eighteenth-Century Caribbean,” Disability Histories: Local, Global and Colonial Stories, ed. Esme Cleall (Routledge Press, forthcoming 2022).

“‘Had his nose cropt for being formerly runaway:’ Disability and the Bodies of Fugitive Slaves in the British Caribbean,” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, 41:2 (2020), 212-233. Winner of the Disability History Association Outstanding Journal Article Award 2021; Honourable mention for the Andrés Ramon Mattei-Neville Hall Article Prize in recognition of excellence in the field of Caribbean history 2021.

“The Haunting of Slavery: Colonialism and the Disabled Body in the Caribbean,” with Melanie J. Newton in Disability in the Global South: the Critical Handbook, eds. Shaun Grech and Karen Soldatic (New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2016), 379-391.

“‘Let them be young and stoutly set in limbs:’ Race, Labor, and Disability in the British Atlantic World,” Social Identities Special Issue: Disability and Colonialism: (Dis)encounters and Anxious Intersectionalities 21, no. 1 (2015), 37-52. REPRINTED in Routledge Historical Resources: 19th Century Empire.

Scholarly works in progress

The Anglo-Atlantic Slave Law Project (AASLP), Primary Investigator. SSHRC-funded website. Expected launch January 2023.

Cripping the Archive: Disability, History, and Power (co-edited with Jenifer Barclay)

Slavery and the Making of Poverty (second book project)