Dr Grace Carrington

Dr Grace Carrington

PhD Alumna

Department of International History

English, French, Spanish
Key Expertise
Caribbean; Decolonisation; French and British Empires; Non-sovereign States

About me

Dr Grace Carrington’s current research compares twentieth century socio-political developments in non-independent states within the context of the wider global history of decolonisation. Her research encompasses both the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean, including Martinique, Guadeloupe, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. She holds an MA in French and Spanish from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation from the LSE, and a PhD in International History from the LSE.

In 2021, Dr Grace Carrington became part of a postdoctoral research team funded by the AHRC, based at Royal Holloway, which won funding for 'The Visible Crown: Queen Elizabeth II and the Caribbean, 1952 to the present'. Dr Carrington will be building on her doctoral thesis on Decolonisation and Independence in the Caribbean.

Thesis title

Non-Sovereign States in the era of Decolonization: Politics, Nationalism, and Assimilation in French and British Caribbean Territories, 1945-80

Expertise Details

Caribbean Nationalism; Decolonisation; French Empire; British Empire; Non-sovereign States


Conference papers

  • ‘Decolonization without Independence: Nationalism and Assimilation in the Non-Sovereign Caribbean’, UCL, Invited Speaker, January 2019.
  • ‘‘It is time to take Positive Action!’: Nationalism and transnational protest in the non-independent Caribbean, 1966-1971’, Society for Caribbean Studies, July 2018.
  • ‘‘Positive Action’ in the British Virgin Islands: The assassination of Martin Luther King and protests against neo-colonial development, 1968-1971’, UCL International Conference, June 2018.
  • ‘A Forgotten Massacre: Understanding the Significance of ‘Mai 67’ for Decolonisation in Guadeloupe’, HY509 Seminar LSE, March 2018.
  • ‘‘Les balles fusent n'importe comment’: Memories and Legacies of the May 1967 massacre in Guadeloupe’, ASMCF-SSFH, March 2018.
  • ‘Decolonisation Through Departmentalisation: The Importance of French Identity During the ‘Assimilation’ of the French Antilles in 1946’, The UCL Americas Research Network, April 2016.

Awards and scholarships

  • LSE Research Studentship 2015-2019