Tyler Yank


tyler web picTyler Yank is a doctoral candidate with the Indian Ocean World Centre and Department of History & Classical Studies at McGill University. Supervised by Gwyn Campbell, Tyler’s dissertation addresses enslaved women’s experiences of colonialism in British Mauritius through an exploration of various imperial ‘projects’, including the Commission of Eastern Enquiry, slavery amelioration, and the presence of the London Missionary Society, among others. Her teaching specialities are African History, British Empire, and World History.

Tyler received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Mass Communication from Carleton University (2008), and her Master of Arts in History from McGill University (2013). Between degrees, she worked in media, online publishing, and communications.

Beyond academia, Tyler is a freelance copyeditor and research management specialist, as well as a podcast host for the New Books Network. In her spare time, Tyler can be found reading dystopian fiction, eating french fries, and visiting family in (very) rural Québec. She presently splits her time between Ottawa, ON and Montréal, QC.

Contact: tyler.yank@mail.mcgill.ca


2018 Book chapter, “Slave Protection and Resistance in Colonial Mauritius, 1829-1830” in Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery, ed. Jeff Fynn-Paul & Damian Pargas. (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2018).

2016 Non-Refereed Journal, “‘Our Little Piratical Intentions’: Select Narratives of British Abolition in East Africa, c. 1849-1873,” Indian Ocean World Centre Working Paper Series No. 1 (2016).

Select Conferences, Workshops, and Speaking Invitations:

05/2018 – Invisible Hands: Reassessing the History of Work ­­– “Reproductive Labour and Bondage in British Mauritius”, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.

11/2017–Summer Academy, Labour, Rights, and Mobility – “Justice and Resistance for Enslaved Women in Colonial Mauritius,” UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

11/2017–Invited Speaker, Indian Ocean World Centre Speaker Series – “‘I have never belonged to anyone’: Freedom & the Commission of Eastern Inquiry in the Indian Ocean World,” McGill University, Montréal, Canada.

05/2017–2017 Canadian Association of African Studies Conference – “The Case of ‘Invisible’ Mothers in Colonial Mauritius, 1820-1830,” Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

01/2017Montreal British History Seminar – “The Christian Education of Slaves and Ex-Slaves in British Mauritius,” McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada.

06/2016–2016 Britain and the World Conference – “Educating Slaves? British Missionary Schools in Abolition-Era Mauritius,” British Scholar Society, King’s College, London, UK.

 06/2015–Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery, conference – “Slavery Amelioration and Abolition in Colonial Mauritius: Merits & Limits of Slave Testimony,” Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands

 03/2015–Invited Speaker, Department of Mauritian & Area Studies – “Women in Slavery in Abolition-Era Mauritius: A Research Agenda,” Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka, Mauritius.

02/2014–Tenth Annual Graduate History Symposium – “‘Our Little Piratical Intentions’: Deconstructing Narratives of British Abolition in East Africa, c. 1849-1873,” University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.