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My first book is about the history of social anthropology. My new research is about citizenship, racism and emigration.


I studied history at King's College London and then did my graduate research at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University. From 2018 to 2022 I was a Junior Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge. I worked in 2021-22 as a fixed-term lecturer in Modern British History at Manchester.

My first book is Participant Observers: Anthropology, Colonial Development and the Reinvention of Society in Britain. It is about the history of British social anthropology between the 1900s and 1960s and bridges the metropolitan and imperial histories of social anthropology and its reception. You can hear me talking about Participant Observers on the New Books Network:

This book grew out of my PhD dissertation which was jointly awarded the Prince Consort & Thirlwall Prize and Seeley Medal for best thesis in history at the University of Cambridge in 2019. Other parts of this research have been published in Comparative Studies in Society and History and in Isis. A new article on social anthropology and British social history won the History of Human Sciences Early Career Prize.

As a Simon Fellow I am working on a new book on citizenship and migration in the British Empire. For the past few decades scholars have written groundbreaking new histories of the United Kingdom with immigration at their heart. This project builds on that work to tell a different story. Long before immigration captured the headlines, emigration gripped the imagination of policy makers.

My new book seeks to measure the impact mass emigration had on the British state. I recently published a pilot paper on this project in the Journal of Historical Sociology and I wrote a shorter article for a special collection on British political history in The Political Quarterly. I am currently doing research on the politics of emigration in archives around the UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jul 2019

Areas of expertise

  • D204 Modern History
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • JN101 Great Britain
  • GN Anthropology


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