Asheesh Siddique

Field: International/Global
Advisor: Christopher Brown
Year: 2009

I work on the intellectual, political, and administrative history of the British Empire in both the Atlantic world and India; colonial America; the history of the book; the history of information; historical epistemology; and European and American cultural and intellectual history from the Enlightenment to the present. I did my previous degrees at Princeton (AB, 2007) and Oxford (M.Phil, 2009). I entered the program in 2009 and completed qualifying exams in May 2012 (fields: Atlantic World with Christopher L. Brown, Modern Britain with Susan Pedersen, Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History with Samuel Moyn, and Theories and Methods of Cultural and Intellectual History with Matthew L. Jones). With the support of fellowships from a number of different institutions, including the Social Science Research Council, the Omohundro Institute, the Alliance Program, and Columbia University, I am researching and writing a dissertation entitled "Paperwork, Governance, and Archive in the British Empire in the Age of Revolutions" (chair: Christopher L. Brown; committee: Evan Haefeli, Matthew L. Jones, Pamela Smith, and Joanna Stalnaker). It is a history of administrative paperwork and archivization in the British empire in both the Atlantic world and India, as well as Britain internal, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. I expect this to be completed sometime in 2015.