The Center for India and South Asia and the Department of History presents Professor Linda Colley, Princeton University.
Linda Colley, the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, is an expert on Britain since 1700. She favors cross-disciplinary history, and in both her writing and her teaching she examines Britain’s past in a broader European, imperial, and global context. Born in Britain, she graduated from Bristol University with First Class Honors in history (1972) and completed her Ph.D. in history at Cambridge University (1977). The first female Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge, she moved to Yale University in 1982. In 1998 Professor Colley left Yale to accept a Senior Leverhulme Research Professorship in History at the London School of Economics. Supported by this award, she spent the next five years researching the experiences of the thousands of Britons who were taken captive in North America, South Asia, and the Mediterranean and North Africa between 1600 and 1850 as the British Empire expanded. Captives (2002), the result of this research, used captivity narratives of different kinds to investigate the under-belly and sporadic vulnerability of the empire, the complex relations between the imperialists and the societies they sought to invade, and the quality and flexibility of individual identity under pressure.
Professor Colley writes for British and American periodicals and newspapers, including the Guardian, the Times, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books. In 1999 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 2009 was awarded a C.B.E. Professor Colley joined the Princeton History Department in 2003.
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