I studied history and politics at the University of Virginia and completed my doctorate in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at King’s for the project, Empire in Motion: Conflict and Co-operation during the Second World War. I have also held research posts at the University of Leeds and the University of East Anglia.
My research is driven by an interest in the racialised politics and experience of migration in twentieth-century Britain and the (former) British Empire. I have worked on emigration from the United Kingdom, the deportation of British migrants from inter-war Australia and South Africa and the social history of mobility in the British Empire during the Second World War.
- Settlers at the End of Empire: Race and the Politics of Migration in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Rhodesia, Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming.
- ‘Persistence and privilege: Mass migration from Britain to the Commonwealth, 1945-2000’ in Christian D. Pederson and Stuart Ward (eds), The Break Up of Greater Britain, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021, 252-271.
- ‘Race and hospitality: Allied troops of colour on the South African home front’, Special Issue: Marginalised Histories of the Second World War, War and Society, 39, no.3 (2020): 155-170.
- ‘From promising settler to undesirable immigrant: The deportation of British-born migrants from mental hospitals in interwar Australia and South Africa’, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 46, no. 3 (2018): 502-523.
- ‘“Transformation to paradise”: Wartime travel to southern Africa, race and the discourse of opportunity, 1939-1950’, Twentieth Century British History, 26, no.1 (2015): 52-73.
I teach undergraduate and MA modules on British imperial history and the history of migration, including the undergraduate module, Investigating the Colonial Past of King’s College London.
Expertise and public engagement
I contributed to a lesson plan on the ‘Mangrove Nine Protest’ in collaboration with the National Archives.
I was an advisor to the Departures exhibition at the Migration Museum, London, which opened October 2020. My research was featured and I wrote an essay for the exhibition guide.
Smith, J., 12 Jul 2022, Manchester: Manchester University Press, Manchester. (Studies in Imperialism) Research output: Book/Report › Book › peer-review
Smith, J., 11 Jul 2020, In: War and Society. 39, 3, p. 155-170 16 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/07292473.2020.1786890
Smith, J. P., 10 Apr 2018, (E-pub ahead of print) In: The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2018.1457237
Smith, J. P., 2017, Home Fronts: Britain and the Empire at War, 1939-1945. Mark J., C. & Dawson, S. T. (eds.). Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, p. 93-110 18 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Smith, J. P., Mar 2015, In: Twentieth Century British History. 26, 1, p. 52-73 22 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/tcbh/hwu021
Smith, J., 1 Jan 2016, Cultures of Decolonisation: Transnational Productions and Practices, 1945-70. Manchester University Press, Manchester, p. 156-174 19 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Smith, J., 3 Jul 2016, In: Women's History Review. 25, 4, p. 520-535 16 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2015.1114325