I studied History and Political Science as an undergraduate student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, in the country of my birth, Trinidad and Tobago. After finishing my undergraduate studies, I worked as a research assistant on a number of projects related to the UWI St. Augustine, but primarily at the medical school. In this capacity I assisted in research, curriculum development and instructional design for a new professionalism, ethics and communication programme which included studying the history of medical professionalism in the Caribbean. After two years, I went on to further my studies in History at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where I completed my Masters and PhD. In 2018, I joined Exeter College as the Bennett Boskey Fellow in Atlantic History. In my spare time I like listening to music, a bit of everything but I especially like Jazz and Calypso. I also play the steel pan or steel drums and I am picking up the flute as well.
I am interested in Atlantic World History, and, particularly, the cross-imperial relations of the British, Spanish, French and Dutch Greater Caribbean. My current research project makes a case for the rise of a Greater Southern Caribbean region (inclusive of Venezuela and the Guianas) in the late eighteenth century, showing evidence for a very polyglot, cross-imperial and interconnected world.
I am interested in teaching all areas of Atlantic, Imperial, Latin American and Caribbean History. I currently teach Approaches to History: History and Economics and Global and Imperial History, 1750-1930.
Selected Publications and Talks
Dexnell Peters and Farid F. Youssef, “Historical Perspectives on Medical Professionalism in the Caribbean,” West Indian Medical Journal (2017): 10.7727/wimj.2017.106
Dexnell Peters, “An Interconnected and Polyglot World: Trinidad and Demerara in the Revolutionary Era,” Association of Caribbean Historians Annual Conference, Cuba, June 2016
Dexnell Peters. “The People and the Caribbean Integration Process: Popular Perspectives from Trinidad.” In The Fires of Hope: Essays on the Modern History of Trinidad and Tobago, edited by Debbie McCollin. Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers, 2016.
Dexnell Peters, “Raymond Quevedo (Attila the Hun)” in Henry Louis Gates and Franklin Knight eds., Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Shane Pantin and Dexnell Peters, The Guild of Students at UWI, St. Augustine 1962-2012 (UWI Press, 2013)