I specialise in the cultural history of the early modern British empire in South Asia, in particular the ways in which empire influenced elite national and racial identities. My particular concern is in examining the ways in which living and working for prolonged periods in empire challenged sojourners’ sense of themselves as Britons and Europeans.
More widely I am interested in the use of biographies as a methodology for historical analysis. My thesis, 'Making Britain in Empire: John Shore, Nation and Race in the Eighteenth-Century East India Company World', used one person as a lens to examine the interplay of identity within the life of one elite man.
I hold a BSc in Psychology (2001) from the Open University and a PhD in History (2021) from the University of Bristol.
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