Christopher Shell

Year in Program: 5

Fields: Caribbean History, African American History

Advisor: Dr. Glenn Chambers

Committee: Dr. Glenn Chambers (Chair), Dr. Nwando Achebe, Dr. Pero Dagbovie, and Dr. LaShawn Harris

Research Languages: English and Spanish

Educational Background: BA in History from Howard University (2017)


Christopher Shell is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Michigan State University. His research interests include twentieth-century Black socio-political movements, immigration and migration, Black theology, labor history, and the modern Caribbean. His dissertation is a political narrative of Black Leeward Islanders’ impact on radical socio-political organizing in Bermuda and New York City during the interwar period, through the lens of Antiguan-born Reverend Richard Hilton Tobitt. His research has also been supported by several MSU awards including the Walker Hill International Award, The Madison Kuhn Award, and the TIAA Ruth Simms Hamilton Graduate Research Fellowship. He completed his BA in History, with honors, at Howard University.