Associate Professor: Modern European History
Ph.D. Stanford University, 1998.
"The Postcolonial Family? West African Children, Private Fostering, and
the British State," Journal of Modern History (in press, 2009).
"Leaving Home: The Politics of Deportation in Postwar Britain," Journal of
British Studies (in press, 2008).
"The Boot and the Spleen: When Was Murder Possible in British India?" Comparative Studies in Society and History 48.2 (2006): 463 - 494.
"Color Problems: Work, Pathology, and Perception in Modern Britain"
International Labor and Working-Class History 68 (2005): 93 -111.
"The Place of Liberalism," Victorian Studies 48.1 (2005): 83 - 91.
"Indian Yellow: Making and Breaking the Imperial Palette," Journal of Material Culture 10 (2005): 197-214.
"Making Faces: Tattooed Women and Colonial Regimes"
History Workshop Journal 59 (2005): 33-56.
The Culture of Property: The Crisis of Liberalism in Modern Britain. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004).
"Radical Conservations: The Problem with the London Museum," Radical History Review 84 (2002): 43-76.
"Picturing Feminism, Selling Liberalism: The Case of the Disappearing Holbein," Gender and History 11(1999): 145-163. Reprinted in Bettina Carbonell, ed., Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003).
Research in Progress
Social Science and the End of Empire
A study of the impact of decolonization and migration on the social sciences in Britain, with an emphasis on legal theory and practice.
Making Faces: Economies of Color in Imperial Britain
A book about race and portraiture in modern Britain and its empire, focusing on the construction of new palettes for skin tones by British artists in the context of pseudo-scientific theories of racial difference.