Professor Olivette Otele FRHistS elected a Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society

15 May 2019

The President and Officers of the Royal Historical Society are pleased to announce the election of Professor Olivette Otele, Professor of History at Bath Spa University, as a Vice-President.

Professor Otele gained her PhD from Université La Sorbonne in 2005, and has held academic posts at Université Paris XIII, Institut Catholique de Paris, and University of Hull. 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.  Otele has written widely for academic and broader audiences. Her forthcoming book, African Europeans: An Untold History, examines the long history of Europeans of African descent, and will be published by Hurst in December 2019.

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. In 2018, Professor Otele became the first Black woman to be appointed Professor of History in the United Kingdom.

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2014, Professor Otele has already made a substantial contribution to the work of the Society as a member of both the Race, Ethnicity & Equality Working Group and the judging Committee for the inaugural Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching in History. As Vice-President, Professor Otele will particularly focus 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.