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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 a study of imperialism and social science, specifically in relation to British social anthropology between the 1900s and 1960s. Some findings from this research have been published in Comparative Studies in Society and History and in Isis. This work drew on 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. You can hear me talking about some of the archival research that went into that book in an interview I did recently at the LSE Library with Indy Bhullar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hHfuv3o49Y

As a Simon Fellow I will be pursuing a new book project on citizenship and migration in the British Empire between 1850 and 1980. I recently published a pilot paper about this research in the Journal of Historical Sociology.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

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


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