IOWC PhD Student: Tyler Yank

Tyler Yank began the McGill history doctoral program in 2013, supervised by Dr. Gwyn Campbell with the Indian Ocean World Centre.  Tyler is greatly interested in the Indian Ocean slave trade and all of the actors unique to it: African peoples, Omani sultans, Persian traders, European imperial agents and British Royal Navy sailors. For her dissertation, Tyler hopes to build a more complete portrait of enslaved African women in Mauritius, and the environmental, economic and socio-cultural trends that shaped the slave trade and Britain’s abolitionist (and colonial) activities in the early and mid-nineteenth century on the island. In a broader sense, her fields of historical study include pre-colonial & colonial Africa (with a focus on East Africa & Indian Ocean Africa), British Empire and domestic Britain in the long-nineteenth century. 

She holds a Master of Arts in History (2013) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Mass Communication (2008) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Between degrees, Tyler worked in media and online publishing with CBC Ottawa and Concordia University, Montreal - she still dabbles in personal and online writing projects of the non-academic variety. She also worked in Cork, Ireland from 2008-2009, where she developed a real and enduring taste for travel and soda bread.