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Sasha D. Turner Bryson, Ph.D.

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Sasha D. Turner Bryson, Ph.D.

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University of Cambridge, UK, 2008

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In Fall 2013, Dr. Turner completed her book manuscript, Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childbirth, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica, 1780-1834. The project, which is not a revised dissertation, benefitted from reviews from external specialists in the study of gender, slavery, and the Caribbean during her book workshop. The manuscript was revised for submission to press in Spring 2014. Her article, “The art of power: Poison and Obeah accusations and the struggle for dominance and survival in Jamaica’s slave society” was published in the Fall 2013 volume of Caribbean Studies. Currently, she is completing an article titled, “Demystifying the mysterious and uncanny: Witchcraft as an interpretative framework for decoding Obeah and other unnamed mysteries among slaves in Jamaica”, which was accepted for publication in Caribbean Quarterly. Dr. Turner is working on her second book that explores emergent ideas and anxieties about beauty and bodily ideals in the period of British colonization and how they shaped the construction and performance of white womanhood. She is working on an article that examines white women’s negotiation of colonial gendered expectations that complicated their efforts to secure property rights and economic participation. During the fellowship year, she also presented parts of her work at the Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora and the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. Dr. Turner is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Quinnipiac University (https://www.qu.edu/student-resources/directory/staff.53880.html).