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University of Birmingham
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Race, Science, Empire, Black and South Asian British History, Extinction, Genocide, Displayed Peoples, Museums
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About Me

At the broadest level, I am a cultural and social historian of race, science and empire in the modern world. My research explores the ways in which racialised knowledge is produced, circulated and mobilised in the modern world. My first book, Peoples on Parade, provided the first substantial survey of the commercial exhibition of displayed peoples in nineteenth-century Britain. I am currently working on the history of extinction for my second book, provisionally entitled Vanished: Episodes in the History of Extinction. Drawing on histories of genocide, settler colonial studies and animal studies, my book will explore how the very notion of extinction emerged and shaped our relationship with the natural world in the Anthropocene.

Recent Publications


Peoples on Parade: Exhibitions, Empire and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Chicago, 2011).


‘Why are women of colour still so underrepresented in academia?’, Media Diversified, 17 January, 2018.

‘Star-Spangled Racism’, on Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, New Statesman, 14 August, 2017.

‘We Prefer their Company’, on David Olusoga, Black and British: A Forgotten History, London Review of Books, 15 June, 2017.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Genocide, Material Culture, Museums, Race, Science