Professor Olivette Otele
Olivette Otele is Professor of the History of Slavery at the University of Bristol. She is a specialist in European colonial and post-colonial history, particularly the link between history, collective memory and geopolitics in relation to British and French colonial pasts.
Olivette has written widely for academic and broader audiences. Her most recent book, African Europeans: An Untold History, examines the long history of Europeans of African descent. She serves on the board of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, as a committee member for the Society for the Study of French History, and for the V&A Museum’s research committee. As RHS Vice-President, Olivette focuses particularly on matters pertaining to Membership, including the Society’s work on equality and diversity in the historical profession, and new developments in our support of early career historians.