Iza Hussin, Pembroke College, Cambridge
Iza Hussin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies and Mohamed Noah Fellow in Asian Politics at 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, L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and the European Commission Horizon 2020 program. Prior to joining POLIS, she was a member of the faculty in Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her first book, The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State (University of Chicago Press 2016), explored the construction of Islamic law in colonial India, Malaya and Egypt. Current projects include a tracing of law's circulations in the nineteenth century, from the vantage point of Southeast Asia; historicising the concepts of public order and religious freedom across a number of common law jurisdictions; building teaching and research networks with South and Southeast Asian scholars around the question of colonial memory.
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.
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.
William O'Reilly, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
William O'Reilly is University Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. He became a Research Fellow of the Centre for History and Economics in 2004, and has been part of the core group of the Centre since then, including the project on 'Exchanges of Ideas', and continuing work on frontiers and borders. He has worked on a range of topics in early modern European and Atlantic history, and is particularly interested in the history of European migration, colonialism and imperialism. His current research project, with the working title "Surviving empire: The translation of imperial context in a globalizing world, 1550-1800," explores the inter-relationship of European imperialisms from the later sixteenth century to the French revolution. In 2006 Dr O'Reilly was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his work in European and Atlantic History. In 2013, he was awarded a Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching. He was visiting research fellow at Harvard University and at the Center for History and Economics, Harvard, in 2008-9. Since 2016, he has been a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest, and since 2018, he has held the Leibniz Chair in German Maritime History.
Pedro Ramos Pinto, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Pedro Ramos Pinto is Senior 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. With a grant from the Philomathia Trust he is currently working with Dr. Poornima Paidipaty on the history of the measurement of inequality. 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 France and its empires and global economic and legal exchanges between 1750 and 1914. His first book – L’identité économique de la France (2008); revised English version Free Trade and its Enemies in France (2015) – explored the origins of modern economic nationalism in the aftermath of Napoleonic wars, with a special emphasis on the cross-border circulation of ideas about international trade. He is now completing A Velvet Empire, a book on French cultural and economic imperialism beyond France’s colonial demesne in the nineteenth century. The book reappraises the significance of imperial aspirations in French intellectual and economic life, between the fall of Napoleon and the advent of the Third Republic in the 1870s. It also highlights the role of collaboration – between French and British, Ottoman and Latin-American actors – in the making of this informal empire. His new project is a micro-study of cross-cultural trade in mid-nineteenth century Egypt that focuses on migrations from the Languedoc to the Nile Delta. David Todd received a Diplôme from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1999 and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2005. He 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 where he is Professor of 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 at the Centre. Recent books include The Invention of Sustainability. Nature and Destiny c.1500-1870 (2018) and The Environment. A History of the Idea (with Libby Robin and Sverker Sörlin, 2018).
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