Lecturer In Imperial Global History
I completed both my BA and MA at Queen's University in Canada. In 2013, I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge. My doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between militarism, violence, and state-building in colonial Punjab and along the North-West Frontier of British India.
My most recent research examines how colonial anxieties, fears, and vulnerabilities played an important role in determining the authoritarian and often violent practices of the British colonial state in Punjab and India. I have also written extensively on the phenomenon of ‘fanaticism’ along the North-West Frontier of British India and colonial attempts to contain this dangerous ‘menace.’ My current project examines how different forms of legal and extrajudicial violence were incorporated by the British and French empires in their attempts to police different frontier regions.
- Colonial India and Punjab
- Imperial and global history, c. 1750-1947
- Anxiety and fear in the colonial world
- Law and violence
- Imperial policing and pacification
- The Colonial Insecurity State: Punjab and the Making of British Power in India, 1849-1935 (forthcoming)
- 'License to Kill: The Murderous Outrages Act and the Rule of Law in Colonial India, 1867-1925,' Modern Asian Studies, vol. 50, no. 2 (2016), 479-517
- ‘“Fanaticism” and the Politics of Resistance along the North West Frontier of British India,’ Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 58, no. 3 (2016), 717-745
- with Gavin Rand, ‘Appeasing the Frontier: Coercion and Conciliation at the Edge of Empire' (forthcoming)