I am interested in the history of the British Empire (19th and 20th
centuries), modern Britain, and the history of global governance. Within
these areas, I concentrate mainly on political and intellectual history,
though I am also interested in cultural history. I am currently working
on two projects, both concerning the role of ideas as agents of global
change in the 20th century. The first is a study of the emergence of the
“international community” in the interwar years, with a particular focus
on the era’s many experiments in international governance. A second
project concerns the history of global intellectual property rights,
with a focus on the emergence of the World Intellectual Property
- Imperial Citizenship: Empire and the Question of Who Belongs.
(Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007)
- “Empire, Internationalism, and the Campaign against the Traffic in Women
and Children in the 1920s,” Twentieth Century British History, 19, 1,
- “Freedom of the Ether or the Electromagnetic Commons?: Globality, the
Public Interest, and the Multilateral Radio Negotiations in the 1920s
and 1930s,” Globalization, Autonomy and World History: Imperialism,
Capitalism, Technology, Steven Streeter, John Weaver, William Coleman,
eds. Vol. I of Globalization and Autonomy: Dialectical Relationships
Shaping the Contemporary World. Vancouver: UBC Press. (forthcoming)
- “Globalization and the Intellectual Property Paradox,” Property Rights,
Contestation, Autonomy, John Weaver and William Coleman, eds. Vol. II
of Globalization and Autonomy: Dialectical Relationships Shaping the
Contemporary World. Vancouver: UBC Press. (forthcoming)
- “Liberal Internationalism, the League of Nations Union, and the Mandates
System,” Canadian Journal of History, XL, Dec. 2005, 449-477.
- “Less Than Equal: African Soldiers and The First World War” in Personal
Perspectives: World War I, Timothy Dowling, ed. (Santa Barbara:
ABC-Clio, 2005), 51-72.
- “The Experience of Commonwealth and Colonial Soldiers in World War II,”
in Personal Perspectives: World War II, Timothy Dowling, ed. (Santa
Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), 147-174.