Catherine Evans, Centre for History and Economics
Catherine Evans studies the history of the British empire, with particular interests in nineteenth-century criminal law and forensic medicine. Her current project is based on her dissertation, Persons Dwelling in the Borderland: Responsibility and Criminal Law in the Late-Nineteenth-Century British Empire. She uses sensational murder cases from a variety of imperial jurisdictions – Canada, Australia, India, and England itself – to explore how lawyers, doctors and government officials assessed defendants' responsibility for their crimes. She focuses on debates about insanity, especially moral insanity, and the role that the determinism of criminal anthropology and late-Victorian evolutionary psychology played in how legal professionals and administrators thought about criminality. By placing case narratives at the centre of her work, she hopes to offer a legal history of the British empire that is both geographically ambitious and fundamentally rooted in the lived experiences of killers and their custodians. Catherine's research interests include colonial and imperial history, the history of psychiatry, medical jurisprudence, the history of the professions, how Western legal systems encounter the supernatural, and the relationship between jurisprudence and legal practice. Catherine received a B.A. in History from McGill University in Montreal (2008), a B.A. in Jurisprudence from University College, Oxford (2010), and a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. She was awarded a Prize Fellowship in Economics, History and Politics in 2015 at the Harvard Center and is a Fellow of Magdalene College. For further information, please see her curriculum vitae.
Franziska Exeler, Centre for History and Economics
Franziska Exeler is a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics and a Fellow of Magdalene College. She is also Lecturer in Modern History at Free University Berlin. A historian of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, her research interests include the political, social and cultural history of Stalinism and the Soviet Union; World War II and its legacies in Europe and Asia; legal history, transitional justice and social reconstruction; and empire, space and migration. Her current book project Wartime Ghosts. Nazi Occupation and Its Aftermath in the Soviet Union investigates the choices that inhabitants of the Soviet European borderlands made and were forced to make under German wartime rule, and examines their political, social and personal repercussions. Related research projects focus on how Moscow both understood and experimented with international and domestic law during and after the Second World War, and how the Soviet prosecution of treason and war crimes fit into the larger, indeed global post-WWII moment of punishment, retribution and justice-seeking. A new book-length project, tentatively titled Empire in Motion, will examine the dynamics of space, movement and identity in twentieth-century Russia and Eurasia.
Iza Hussin, Pembroke College, Cambridge
Iza Hussin is Lecturer in Asian Politics and Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Her research and teaching are in the areas of comparative politics, Islam and Muslim politics, law and society and religion and politics. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Prior to joining POLIS, she was a member of the faculty in Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her forthcoming book, The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State (University of Chicago Press 2015), explores the construction of Islamic law in colonial India, Malaya and Egypt. Current research projects include a manuscript on the travels of law across the Indian Ocean arena and a collaborative project on Internet fatwa.
Rachel Leow, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
Rachel Leow, awarded a Prize Fellowships in Economics, History and Politics in 2011 at the Harvard Center, joined the Cambridge University History Department in autumn 2013 as Lecturer in East Asian History. Rachel's past research has focused on the social and intellectual history of colonial and postcolonial Malaya, Singapore and Indonesia. Her PhD project was a study of the decolonization of British Malaya and the legacies of colonial rule for present-day Malaysia. It examined the role of colonized agents in negotiating and perpetuating standards of language, national belonging and ethnic identity under the conditions of extraordinary state governance occasioned by the Malayan Emergency (1948-60). She is presently writing a book from this thesis, provisionally entitled Taming Babel: Language and Power in the Making of Malaya. Her next research project seeks to explore global intellectual networks in interwar Asia. Using China's May Fourth movement as a case study, it seeks to understand how texts and ideas travel to different and unintended milieux, and to thus reposition a national intellectual movement in a more transnational history of ideas. At the Centre, she participates in the Transnational History of Health in Southeast Asia project and will take a leading role in a new Digital Humanities project at the Joint Centre. Rachel maintains a blog on historical research methods, Asian history and other academic matters at A Historian's Craft. An up-to-date list of her web articles and other projects can be found on her personal web page.
Renaud Morieux, Jesus College, Cambridge
Renaud Morieux is Senior Lecturer in British History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College. Renaud's research interests centre on the history of Anglo-French relations in the long eighteenth century. His first book was a study of the English Channel as an Anglo-French maritime border between the late seventeenth and the early nineteenth century. Putting the frontier at the centre of the analysis provides a way of questioning essentialist approaches to identities which reduce social interactions to discourses of national rivalry. The book provides a comparative analysis of the two states' conceptualisation and territorialisation of their maritime borders and emphasises the importance of cross-currents of exchanges. Renaud's current work attempts to create what could be labelled a transnational history from below. It focuses on eighteenth-century wartime captivity involving Great Britain and France using this as a setting from which one can question how British and French societies experienced conflict, both in Europe and overseas. At the Centre, Renaud coordinates, with Emma Rothschild, Pierre Singaravélou and David Todd, the research project Cordial Exchanges: Britain and France in the World since 1700. He co-convenes the Eighteenth Century Seminar at the Faculty of History, Cambridge.
Pedro Ramos Pinto, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Pedro Ramos Pinto is Lecturer in International Economic History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity Hall. Pedro joined the History Faculty in 2013 after five years at the University of Manchester, where he was Simon Research Fellow in History (2008-2010) and Lecturer in International History (2011-2013). His current research explores the creation, evolution and implications of authoritarian welfare regimes in Southern Europe and Latin America. This has evolved from earlier work which explored the interaction between the Portuguese Dictatorship and its citizens to explain the emergence of social movements of the urban poor during the Carnation Revolution (1974-1976), a theme which is explored in his book Lisbon Rising (2013). Alongside this, Pedro is also interested in understanding how contemporary inequalities are shaped by the past, bringing a more long-term view to explain how and why societies distribute resources, opportunities and capabilities. As part of this, he directs an international research network on the topic of Inequality, Social Science and History funded by the AHRC, and hosted by the Centre. In addition, he continues to have an interest in the study of social movements and protest, both in historical and in contemporary perspective
David Todd, King's College, London
David Todd is Senior Lecturer in World History at King’s College London. David's research interests lie in the history of modern France, imperialism and globalization. In his book L’identité économique de la France (2008), he examined how transnational debates about free trade in Britain, France and Germany facilitated the emergence and growth of a new kind of economic nationalism in post-Napoleonic France and Europe. His current work focuses on a reappraisal of the years 1815-1870 in the history of French and European imperialism. It highlights the importance of continuity and past experiences in the Americas, especially in Haiti, in the development of French expansion in Africa and East Asia after 1815. It also places an emphasis on cooperative emulation rather than conflict between Britain, France and other European powers in the growth of European empires in the nineteenth century. In parallel, David Todd examines the role played by imperial expansion and other extra-European influences in the shaping of modern France since 1800. David Todd read history at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and received a Diplôme from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and was subsequently a research fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, a Mellon post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge, and a visiting fellow at Harvard University. In 2012, he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme prize. David coordinates, with Renaud Morieux, Emma Rothschild, Pierre Singaravélou, the Centre project on Cordial Exchanges: Britain and France in the World since 1700.
Paul Warde, Pembroke College, Cambridge
After completing a degree in History and PhD at Cambridge, Paul Warde was a Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (1999-2001) before moving on to a lectureship at Pembroke College, Cambridge (2001-2007). Subsequently he worked at the University of East Anglia (2007-2014), first as a Reader in Early Modern History and then as Professor of Environmental History, before returning to Cambridge in January 2015 as Lecturer in Environmental History. Paul works on the environmental, economic and social history of early modern and modern Europe. His interests focus in particular upon the use of wood as a fundamental resource in pre-industrial society; the long-term history of energy use and its relationship with economic development, and environmental and social change; the history of prediction and modeling in thinking about the environment; and the development of institutions for regulating resources and welfare support. In 2008 he was awarded a Phillip Leverhulme Prize. Paul is Research Director for environmental and energy history at the Centre, where he also runs the Joint Centre project on Energy History. Recent books include Power to the People: Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries (with Astrid Kander and Paolo Malanima, 2014), The Future of Nature. Documents of Global Change (2013) and Nature's End: History and the Environment (2009).
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