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Dr Jon Wilson

Dr Jon Wilson

Senior Lecturer in British Imperial & South Asian History

 

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1081
Email jon.wilson@kcl.ac.uk
Address Department of History
King’s College London
Room S8.16
Strand
London WC2R 2LS

 

Biography

 Jon Wilson joined the department in 1999 as Lecturer in British Imperial and South Asian History. He was awarded a DPhil from Oxford University in 2000, following two years in New York studying for an MA in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. He was Deputy Head (External Relations) of the School of Arts and Humanities from 2008-11, where he initiated the King’s Arts and Humanities festival. He has also worked as a parliamentary researcher and been a local councillor.

Research interests and PhD supervision

Dr Wilson’s work focuses on the everyday life of the state in South Asia and Britain. His first book, The Dominance of Strangers was a study of the emergence of a modern regime in Bengal during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His second major project was on the British conquest of India and its implications for imperial and Indian politics, and will culminate in a book India Conquered. Britain’s Raj and the Chaos of Empire, to be published by Simon and Schuster in January 2016.

Dr Wilson is currently working on a multi-national history of everyday concepts of government from the 1970s to the present, tracing the genealogy of words people take for granted in ordinary political and governmental speech.

Dr Wilson particularly welcomes interest from prospective research students interested in working in the following fields:

  • Governance, law, politics or agrarian economic and social history in South Asia from 1850, particularly Bengal and Bangladesh
  • The global history of the state and governance since the 1945
  • The relationship between political thought and political practice

 For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Jon Wilson (2008) The Domination of Strangers: Modern Governance in Eastern India, 1780-1835  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 
    [Authored Book in print]
  • Jon Wilson (2007) 'Agency, Narrative, and Resistance', in The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives pp. 245-269
    [Chapter]
  • Jon E Wilson (2007)  'Anxieties of distance. Codification in early colonial Bengal' Modern Intellectual History, 4 (1), pp. 7-23.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • Jon Wilson (2007)  'Early Colonial India Beyond Empire' HISTORICAL JOURNAL, 50 (4), pp. 951-970.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • J E Wilson (2007)  'Early colonial India beyond Empire' HISTORICAL JOURNAL, 50 (4), pp. 951-970. [Review (research) (Print)]
For a complete list of publications, please see Jon's full research profile.
Expertise and public engagement

Dr Jon Wilson is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the editorial board of Reviews in History and has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. He comments widely in both print and broadcast media on the state and politics in Britain and South Asia, and has made significance UK policy interventions on democracy and public sector reform, including with the Fabian pamphlet Letting Go.


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