Associate Professor, History

I am an associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia. I lived in in the village of Tai Po Tsai 大埔仔, Hong Kong, in 2012 while working as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at the City University of Hong Kong. My book, Mr. Smith Goes to China: Three Scots in the Making of Britain’s Global Empire, delves into the lives of three Scottish private traders—George Smith of Bombay, George Smith of Canton, and George Smith of Madras—and uses them as lenses through which to explore the inner workings of Britain’s imperial expansion and global network of trade during the eighteenth century. My research and teaching explore connections and exchanges between Britain and China from the arrival of the East India Company to the Opium Wars.

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