Somak Biswas is Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. His current research examines how the AIDS crisis reshaped British border practices around the control and management of African and Asian sexualities while birthing new forms of ethnic minority activism. His first book Passages Through India: Indian Gurus, Western Disciples and the Politics of Indophilia, 1890-1940 was published by Cambridge University Press in July 2023. Prior to this, he held a Past and Present Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, London (2021-23).
Laura Quinton is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the College Core Curriculum at NYU and a Resident Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts. Her current book project, Ballet Imperial: Dance and the New British Empire, explores the unexpected entanglements of ballet and British politics in the twentieth century. Fellowships from the NYU Center for the Humanities, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Alumnae Association of Barnard College have supported her work. Her writing has appeared in The Historical Journal, Twentieth Century British History, and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.
Freddy Foks is a Junior Research Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. Part of his Ph.D. thesis—”Social Anthropology and British Society, c. 1920-1970“—has appeared in the journal Comparative Studies in Society and History. Future work will focus on the political economy of settler colonialism in East and Central Africa. This project will be centered on the politics of white supremacy, emigration, tariff reform, democratization, citizenship, and anti-colonial resistance as the bounds of the British empire state were recast and transformed between the late nineteenth century and accession to the E.E.C. in 1973.
Laura is Lecturer in British History at the University of Paris/LARCA, her research interests include education, social change, and public history in twentieth-century Britain. Her first book, Histories of Everyday Life: The Making of Popular Social History in Britain, 1918-1979, was published by Oxford University Press in July 2021.
David Cowan is a Junior Research Fellow in History at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He studies the social, cultural, and political history of twentieth-century Britain. His PhD explores how social change was discussed in everyday speech from the 1930s to the 1980s and is funded by a Vice Chancellor’s Award from the Cambridge Trust in conjunction with Wolfson College. His article “The ‘Progress of a Slogan’: Youth, Culture, and the Shaping of Everyday Political Languages in late 1940s Britain” won Twentieth Century British History‘s Duncan Tanner Essay Prize in 2017.
Chris Jeppesen is currently a Research Associate on the ESRC-funded project “Secondary Education and Social Change in the United Kingdom since 1945,” based in the History Faculty at Cambridge, for which Professor Peter Mandler is the Principal Investigator. Beyond the project, his work explores the histories of the colonial civil services, decolonization, and the material legacies of empire in Britain after the end of empire. He has previously worked on the connections between the East India Company and the Caribbean sugar economy in the pre-Victorian empire and is currently preparing for publication his PhD thesis on career motivation among colonial officials.