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. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Social Science Research Council’s Immanent Frame, a General Editor of the Cambridge University Press series Asian Connections, and an Associate Editor of Modern Asian Studies.
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, Pembroke College, Cambridge
Renaud Morieux is a Professor of British and European History at the Faculty of History, and a Fellow of Pembroke College. He works on the history of Franco-British relations in the 'long' eighteenth century, with a focus on transnational exchanges. His wider research interests lay in the fields of oceanic history, maritime borders and migrations. A revised edition of his first book, published in French in 2008, was published in 2016 with Cambridge University Press: The Channel. England, France and the Construction of a Maritime Border in the Eighteenth Century. His book The Society of Prisoners: Anglo-French Wars and Incarceration in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2019), explores British and French concepts and experiences of war captivity in the long eighteenth century, on a global scale (Europe, the West Indies, St Helena). He continues to work on the history of customary international law. He is currently working on two book projects. One focuses on the repercussions of war on families in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially in India. His second project is a reflexive history of statelessness from the 1920s to the present. He is a member of the editorial board of Past & Present. 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 histories of migration, colonialism and imperialism. He is especially interested in the history of German-speaking Europe and of central and east-central Europe, of countries which were once part of the Habsburg monarchy and empire, including Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania and neighbouring countries and regions. 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 the Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs 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 at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna; a DAAD Fellow at the University of Hamburg; and an Erasmus lecturer at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria and the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. Since 2018, he has held the Leibniz Honorary 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 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. At present he is working with Poornima Paidipaty on book on the subject to be published in 2022. He has recently coordinated a project on the history of the measurement of inequality, which resulted in the publication of a landmark special issue of History of Political Economy on the subject. His earlier work 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) and he continues to have an interest in the study of social movements and protest, both in historical and in contemporary perspective. Please see Pedro’s faculty website for a full list of publications.
Surabhi Ranganathan, King's College, Cambridge
Surabhi Ranganathan is a University Senior Lecturer in International Law, Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and a Fellow of King‘s College, at the University of Cambridge. She is also a fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). Her research on the oceans, the history and politics of international law, treaties, and global governance has been published in leading journals including the European Journal of International Law, the British Yearbook of International Law, the American Journal of International Law and the Journal of the History of International Law; and selected for the peer-reviewed NYU/Nottingham/Melbourne Junior Faculty Forum for International Law and Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum. Ranganathan is also the author of a monograph, Strategically Created Treaty Conflicts and the Politics of International Law (Cambridge University Press), that was selected in EJIL's Editors' Choice for 2015. Ranganathan was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute, Geneva for spring 2020, and has been invited as a Global Professor at NYU School of Law. She will be a Visiting Fellow at the Center for History and Economics, Harvard in spring 2021. She is currently co-editor of the International Legal Theory Section of the Leiden Journal of International Law, and a notes editor of the Cambridge Law Journal. Ranganathan's current work traces the co-constitution of international law and the ocean from 1945 to now, unsettling what we take as the givens in relation to the spatial zones, resource allocations and functional jurisdictions effected by the law of the sea. It extends the history of international law into new areas, such as ocean depths and bottoms, global commons, marine infrastructures, and techno-utopian imaginaries, and, from the underexplored vantage point of oceanic law-making, throws new light on current preoccupations of international legal histories: statehood and territory, decolonization and the new international economic order, the Cold War, race and empire, and the emergence of new legal forms and institutions. Some representative publications include 'Ocean Floor Grab: International Law and the Making of an Extractive Imaginary' (EJIL 2019); 'Seasteads, Land-grabs and International Law (LJIL 2019); and Decolonization and International Law: Putting the Ocean on the Map (Journal of the History of International Law, forthcoming 2021).
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