Biography

Rochelle Rowe (PhD, FRHistS, SFHEA) is a historian of gender, race and the body and Lecturer in Black British History at the University of Edinburgh. Rochelle's research and teaching interests include Black British and Caribbean History, focused in particular on representations of the Black body, beauty and Black feminist theory. 

Her first book, Imagining Caribbean Womanhood tells a Black feminist history of beauty spanning the British West Indies, Harlem and postwar London and is published by Manchester University Press. Her latest publication is a chapter in a multivolume Cultural History of Beauty (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2022) examining Black women's experiences of performing beauty in nineteenth century Britain.

Rochelle obtained a PhD in History from the University of Essex in 2010. She has published in the Radical History Review, Gender & History and other journals. Rochelle’s career in higher education includes teaching History and leading major programmes of learning and development at Essex, Exeter, London universities and at UCL.