Dr Philip Abraham

Philip Abraham British Library
Interim Deputy Head, Eccles Centre for American Studies
History and culture of British North America and the Caribbean
Related Offices
Assistant Editor, EBLJ

Philip Abraham leads on Caribbean and Latin American studies in the Eccles Centre, and manages the Visiting Fellowships programme. He was awarded his PhD from King’s College London in 2017 with a project focused on the politics of religion in England’s early Caribbean colonies, looking in particular at the experiences of Anglicans, Quakers, Jews and Catholics in seventeenth-century Barbados. He is interested more broadly in the cultural history of the early modern Atlantic world, including Indigenous and slavery studies, as well as twentieth-century Black British history. He has also taught early modern British and global history and the history of Atlantic slavery at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, and the LSE.


Before a career in libraries and learning beckoned, Philip worked for many years in the cultural and creative industries. He worked in PR and communications for several major projects and organisations, including the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Frieze Art Fair, Manchester International Festival and the Art Fund, and was a director at one of London’s leading commercial contemporary art galleries.