I am interested in the history of the British Empire (19th and 20th centuries), modern Britain, and the history of global governance. I'm currently working on a project which assesses the role of the UN as a venue for debates over decolonization from the end of WWII to the early 1960s. I also teach at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
- B.A. (Hon) St. Francis Xavier University
- M.A. Queen's University
- Ph.D. McMaster University
Research and teaching interests
- British Empire
- Modern Britain
- International relations
- History of global governance
I'm currently working on a project on the role of the United Nations as a forum for debates about decolonization from the late 1940s to 1960.
- HIST 266 The British empire, 1857-1956
- HIST 268 Comparative history of empires
- HIST 311 International relations, 1890-1951
- HIST 401A European history seminar
- HIST 401B European research seminar
- HIST 605 Global governance in historical perspective
- Review Essay, H-Diplo Forum on “Legacies of World War I Commemorative Issue” https://networks.h-net.org/system/files/contributed-files/ar522.pdf
- "Davies, Sir David Arthur, British meteorologist and second Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 1955-1979," Bob Reinalda and Kent Kille, eds., IO BIO, Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations www.ru.nl/publish/pages/531985/davies-da-9june2014-mar15.pdf
- "Britain, India, and the United Nations: colonialism and the development of international governance, 1945–1960," Journal of Global History 9, 3, 2014, 471-490.
- "Geographic indications, mobility, and identity," in Suzan Ilcan, ed., Mobilities, Knowledge and Social Justice (Montreal-Kingston: Queen’s-McGill University Press, 2013), 227-52.
- The emergence of international society in the 1920s (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
- "Globalization, intellectual property, and the emergence of new property types," in William Coleman, ed., Property,Territory, Globalization: Struggles over Autonomy (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011), 122-47.
- "Organic union or aggressive altruism: Imperial internationalism in East Africa in the 1920s," Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.
- “Amateurism, imperialism, internationalism, and the first British Empire games," The International Journal of the History of Sport 27, 4, 2010, 610-31.
- "Ecumenical internationalism: Willoughby Dickinson, the League of Nations, and the World Alliance for promoting international friendship through the churches,” Journal of Contemporary History 45, 1, 2010, 51–73.
- "Freedom of the ether or the electromagnetic commons?: Globality, the public interest, and the multilateral radio negotiations in the 1920s and 1930s,” in Steven Streeter, John Weaver, and William Coleman, eds., Empires and Autonomy: Moments in the History of Globalization (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009), 138-56.
- “Empire, internationalism, and the campaign against the traffic in women and children in the 1920s,”Twentieth Century British History 19, 2, 2008, 186-216.
- Imperial citizenship: Empire and the question of belonging (Manchester University Press, 2007).
- “Liberal internationalism, the League of Nations Union, and the mandates system,” Canadian Journal of History XL, Dec. 2005, 449-77.
- “The war on the periphery: The experience of soldiers fighting in European colonies,” in Timothy Dowling, ed., Personal Perspectives: World War I (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), 51-72.
- “The experience of Commonwealth and Colonial soldiers in World War II,” in Timothy Dowling, ed. Personal Perspectives: World War II (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), 147-74.
- “Race and the late-Victorian imperial world-view,” John Buchan Journal 32, Spring 2005, 41-8.
- “Lionel Curtis, imperial citizenship, and the quest for unity,” The Historian 66, 1, 2004, 67-96.
- “Wider and wider still?: Intra-imperial immigration, racial politics, and the question of imperial citizenship in the British Empire,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 3, 3, 2002.
- “‘The character creed’: How character shaped the British imperial enterprise,” Australasian Victorian Studies Journal 4, 1998, 127-40.
- Various short articles in Globalization and Autonomy Compendium, William Coleman and Heike Häärting, eds., (Vancouver: UBC Press).
Awards and achievements
- SSHRC Research Development Initiative Grant, 2010-2012.
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant, 2007-2010.