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University of Bristol
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Urban history, colonial cities, crime, urban environment, pacific, police, gender, Asia, cities, Southeast Asia, culture.
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About Me

Katrina Gulliver holds a PhD in history from Cambridge University, and has worked at universities and museums in the US, UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia.

Her first book, Modern Women in China and Japan, discussed the development of feminism and modernity in the 1920s and 30s. Her research interests include Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and the development of port cities. She has taught courses on the histories of Asia since the spice race, urban history, and the development of policing and forensics. She is also the co-editor of the ‘Pacific Worlds’ series from the University of Nebraska Press, covering the histories and cultures of the Pacific. She is the creator of the podcast Cities in History, which is used in college classrooms around the world.

Katrina’s articles and reviews appear regularly in The Spectator and Slate, and she has written for TIME, The Atlantic, The American Conservative, Reason, and The Weekly Standard. Currently she is working on a history of urban life. Follow her on twitter @katrinagulliver.

Recent Publications

Cityscapes in History: Creating the Urban Experience, (co-editor with Heléna Tóth), Ashgate, London, 2014

Modern Women in China and Japan: Gender and Global Modernity Between the Wars, I.B.Tauris, London, 2012

Academic articles and chapters
“The Curious Case of Sammy Cox”, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol 102, No 2, 2016

“The City of Malacca as a Site of Exchange”, in Intercultural Exchange in Southeast Asia, ed. D. Irving and T. Alberts, I. B. Tauris, London, 2013

“Star Wars and Urban History”, in Star Wars and History, ed. N. Reagin and J. Liedl, John Wiley, New York, 2012

“Finding the Pacific World”, Journal of World History, Vol 22, No 1, 2011

“Shanghai’s Modernity in the Western Eye”, East/West Connections, Vol 9, No 1, 2009

Public History/General audience articles

“A Little Formaldeyde With Your Milk?”, The American Conservative, June 20, 2018
“Slums: The History of a Global Injustice”, Sydney Review of Books, June 19, 2018
“How We Lost Privacy”, Reason, May 2018
“Are the French right to be obsessed with their Gaulish ancestry?”, The Spectator, March 31, 2018
“Did the modern world really begin in 1947?” The Spectator, Dec 2, 2017
The Glories of Empire – and Britain’s Taste for the Exotic”, The Spectator, Sep 2, 2017
“Why The English Sailed to the New World”, The Spectator, July 8, 2017
“The Lost Women of South Central L. A.”, The American Conservative, July 5, 2017
“Watching the Detectives”, Slate, June 12, 2017
“Call it Sleep”, The Weekly Standard, May 22, 2017
“How the Osage Indians Were Murdered for Their Oil”, The Spectator, April 22, 2017
“How Yesterday’s Anarchists Resemble Isis”, The American Conservative, Oct 11, 2016
“Why we have forgotten the worst school attack in US history”, TIME, Sep 15, 2016
“How Knitting Saved Me from Digital Overload”, Slate, Sep 1, 2016
“The Dip, the Foot Pop, and the Selfie Smooch”, Slate, Feb 12, 2016
“New Powerball Odds Are Part of America’s Long Love Affair With Lotteries”, TIME, Oct 7, 2015
“Meet the Historians Who Track Down War Criminals for the U.S. Government”, TIME, March 17, 2015
“Fifty Shades of Grey and How One Sex Act Went Mainstream”, TIME, Feb. 12, 2015
“The Wire, Serial and the Decline of the American Industrial Empire”, TIME, Feb 5, 2015
“Curiosity Killed the Cat’s Career”, Inside Higher Ed, Dec 4, 2014
“Digital Natives Like a Good Lecture Too”, Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec 1, 2014
“In War, Fact Beats Fiction”, The Australian, June 24, 2014
“Removing the Blindfold”, Inside Higher Ed, April 14, 2014
“Too Much Informality”, Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2014
“Dipping Into Weird World of Leviathans”, The Australian, July 27, 2013
“The Light Fantastic: When neon was the new new thing”, Slate, July 12 2013

Media Coverage
New York Times, NPR's Word of Mouth, La Repubblica, Marie-Claire, El Mundo
Country Focus
USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Cuba
Expertise by Geography
Australia, Asia, North America, Pacific, Southeast Asia, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Food History, Gender, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Urban History, Women