Dr Jon Wilson
Senior Lecturer in British Imperial & South Asian History
+44 (0)20 7848 1081
Department of History
King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS
Research interests and PhD supervision
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.
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.
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.
particularly welcomes interest from prospective research students interested in
working in the following fields:
law, politics or agrarian economic and social history in South Asia from 1850,
particularly Bengal and Bangladesh
global history of the state and governance since the 1945
relationship between political thought and political practice
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Expertise and public engagement
- 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
- 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
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.