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First Name
Ruth
Last Name
Almy
Affiliation
Temple University (adjunct), Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center
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Keywords
Migration, British Empire, Great Britain, Canada, Immigration, Legal History, Global History, Asian American, South Asian Diaspora
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About Me

I am a historian of migration and immigration law within the British Empire. My research covers the passage and implementation of racially biased immigration restriction laws in Canada, in the context of the British imperial legal system. The focus on my current research is South Asian migration to Canada, with an emphasis on examining the global implications of the Komagata Maru incident of 1914. In addition to chronicling the narrative of people who challenged such immigration restriction, I also examine how racial bias can be implicit, rather than explicit, in immigration law.

I am very interested in the ways in which borders have been created and maintained in modern history, and how states decide which peoples and bodies have the right to move across which boundaries.

Recent Publications

“An Interrupted Journey” in Contingent Magazine (online publication): https://contingentmagazine.org/2020/04/03/an-interrupted-journey/

“I’ve Never Seen Anything: How Could the Jedi Order Vanish from Public Memory in Less than a Generation?” in Contingent Magazine (online publication): https://contingentmagazine.org/2019/12/14/ive-never-seen-anything/

“‘More Hateful Because of its Hypocrisy’: Indians, Britain and Canadian Law in the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914.” The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 46:2 (2018): 304-322. DOI: 10.1080/03086534.2018.1438964

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Great Britain, Canada
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, India, North America, Pacific, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Genocide, Human Rights, Law, Migration & Immigration, Race