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Dr Toby Green

Dr Toby Green

Dr Toby GreenLecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1741
Address Department of History and Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
King’s College London
Virginia Woolf Building 5.28

London WC2R 2LS


After reading Philosophy at Cambridge (1996), Toby Green worked as a writer and editor, publishing various books that have been translated into 10 languages. He then began a doctorate at the Centre of West African Studies at Birmingham University in 2002. Working with the renowned specialist on Timbuktu and Songhay Paulo de Moraes Farias, he completed his PhD on the New Christians in Cape Verde in 2007, and then began a 3-year British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Birmingham. He came to King's as a Leverhulme Fellow in 2010, and in 2013 began a lectureship in Lusophone African History and Culture. He has given seminars and contributed to symposia at various institutions in Brazil, France, Portugal, Senegal, The Gambia, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA. 

Research interests and PhD supervision

Wide range of interests broadly structured around African engagement with the early Atlantic world and mercantilism. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Trans-Saharan and Trans-Atlantic Diasporas
  • The history of race and slavery in the Atlantic 
  • Creolization
  • New Christians in Europe, the Americas and West Africa
  • Connections between the precolonial, the colonial and the postcolonial state in Africa
  • African economic history and its intersection with world economic history
  • Cultural and economic links between Brazil and Africa, 16th-19th centuries

After a PhD on New Christians in the Cape Verde region of Western Africa (2007; Birmingham University), interests have expanded to include wider areas of West African engagement with the Atlantic. His monograph on the early trans-Atlantic slave trade was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, as well as an edited volume on the precolonial history of Western Africa published by Oxford University Press for the British Academy, also in 2012. He is currently editing a book on the history of the state in post-colonial Guinea-Bissau, and is working on a longer term comparative study of the regions of Western Africa and Angola in the 17th century and their engagement with Atlantic empires in the era of the consolidation of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. He is also engaged in collaborative research projects with scholars in Brazil and The Gambia, and in 2013-14 has been Principal Investigator on a British Library-sponsored Endangered Archives Project in The Gambia.

Current PhD supervision:

  • Dorothee Boulanger: The Use of Fiction as Historical Source in Postcolonial Angola
  • Neele Janke: Ethnicity and Political Parties in Contemporary Guinea-Bissau
  • Vincent Nadeau: African Origins of the Cuban Revolution

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Toby Green (2012) (ed.) Brokers of Change: Atlantic Commerce and Cultures in Pre-Colonial Western Africa Oxford University Press for the British Academy [Edited Book in Print]
  • Toby Green (2012)  'Policing the Empires: a Comparative Perspective on the Institutional Trajectory of the Inquisition in the Portuguese and Spanish Overseas Territories (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)' HISPANIC RESEARCH JOURNAL, 13 (1), pp. 7-25. [Article in print Journal]
  • Toby Green (2011) 'Beyond the Culture Wars: Reconnecting African and Jewish Diasporas in the Past and the Present', in African Athena: New Agendas pp. 139-155 [Chapter]
  • Toby Green (2011)  'Building Slavery in the Atlantic World: Atlantic Connections and the Changing Institution of Slavery in Cabo Verde, Fifteenth-Sixteenth Centuries' Slavery and abolition, 32 (2), pp. 227-245. [Article in print Journal]
  • Tobias Green (2011) The Rise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Western Africa, 1300–1589 Cambridge University Press [Authored Book in print]

For a complete list of publications, please see Toby's full research profile.

Expertise and public engagement

Dr Toby Green is the Director of Institutional Relations of the Amilcar Cabral Institute of Economic and Political Research, a think-tank specializing in Guinea-Bissau which is affiliated to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Guinea-Bissau ( He has written widely for the national press, and has reviewed for The Independent, The London Review of Books and the TLS. He is also a member of the Council and the Honorary Treasurer of the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), and is leading an ASAUK writing workshop in The Gambia which aims to assist academics based in Africa to publish in international journals. He is on the advisory board of research projects in Brazil and The Netherlands.

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