Born in the Netherlands in 1971, Karst de Jong spent part of his formative years on the island of Curaçao, sparking an interest in the Caribbean. After moving to Northern Ireland in 1998, he embarked on a study in Irish History and Politics in 2004 at Queen’s University of Belfast. On completion of his BA in 2000, continued on with his Masters in Irish History at the same institution. By combining his interest in the Caribbean and Ireland, the focus for his dissertation was the Irish on the island of Jamaica in the seventeenth century. In January 2009 an archival research visit to Jamaica was made possible thanks to the David Nicholls Memorial Trust.
In 2010 Karst completed his MA (with commendation) and was admitted into the PhD programme at Queen’s, researching the Irish in Jamaica in the long eighteenth century.
Professor David Hayton