My research and scholarship have been devoted to finding historical explanations for racial conflict in British and European societies, and exploring the ways these societies have been shaped by their participation in empire building. My recent book, Global Migrants, Local Culture: Natives and Newcomers in Provincial England, 1841-1939
, examines how local and global migration shaped social relations, with particular focus on race and culture, in one rapidly industrializing British port. The project challenges the prevalent view of post-1945 migrants from the formerly colonized world as disruptive to the harmony of a previously culturally and racially homogeneous society. It does so by documenting a prior century of migration and of cultural and racial dynamism and diversity.
Since coming to the University of Arizona, I have been been responsible for guiding undergraduate and graduate students who wish to study Modern European history. I teach an array of courses that take Europe as a whole, rather than one country, as the unit of analysis. They include War, Peace & Social Change in Europe, 1870-1945 (314a), Europe Since 1945 (314b), Women in European History (455), and The Rise and Fall of European Empires (416a). In these we seek to discover what is commonly and uniquely European while acknowledging Europe’s internal diversity and its many links to the world beyond. In addition, I teach the cross-disciplinary and comparative courses Work, Culture & Power (427) and Women & Work (453). I have taught graduate courses on the history of European imperialism, on women in Europe, on “outsiders” in European history, the core course on Women’s and Gender history, on postcolonial approaches to imperial history, and on class, racial and gender formation in European history. All of these emphasize the fluidity of national, racial and gender categories and identities, the mobility of populations, and how changing class, gender and racial relationships reflected and also affected the nature of European societies. I have also taught the graduate research seminar many times. The graduate courses are designed to acquaint students with a range of methodological approaches and to equip them with the analytical tools they will need to pursue scholarly careers.
Global Migrants, Local Culture: Natives and Newcomers in Provincial England, 1841-1939 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
“Ghulam Rasul’s Travels: Migration, Recolonization and Resistance in Interwar Britain,” in Rehana Ahmed and Sumita Mukherjee, eds., South Asian Resistances in Britain, 1870-1950 (London: Continuum, 2011), in press.
"A Homogeneous Society? Britain's `internal others', 1800-present," in At Home With the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World, eds. Catherine Hall and Sonya O. Rose (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 53-76.
"Outsiders in the Land of Their Birth: Exogamy, Citizenship, and Identity in War and Peace," Journal of British Studies 44, 4 (October 2005): 796-815.
"Empire is the Enemy of Love: Edith Noor's Progress and Other Stories," Gender & History 17, 1 (April 2005): 5-28.
"'Having Lived Close Beside Them All the Time': Negotiating National Identities Through Personal Networks," for "Kith and Kin," special issue of the Journal of Social History, 39, 2 (Winter 2005): 369-87.
"We Ask for British Justice": Workers and Racial Difference in Late Imperial Britain (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1994);
"The Construction of Racial Difference in Twentieth Century Britain: the Special Restriction (Coloured Alien Seamen) Order, 1925" Journal of British Studies 33, 1 (January 1994);
"`Keeping the Natives Under Control’: Race Segregation and the Domestic Dimensions of Empire, 1920-1939," International Labor and Working Class History 44 (Fall 1993): 141-177;
"Social Networks and Organization Building in Britain’s Interwar Black Communities," in Gabriella Hauch, ed., Geschlecht - Klasse - Ethnizitt: 28er Tagung der Historikerinnen und Historiker der Arbeiterinnen- und Arbeiterbewegung (Wien: Europaverlag, 1993), 171-188;
"Women `of a Very Low Type’: Crossing Racial Boundaries in Late Imperial Britain," in Laura Frader and Sonya Rose, eds., Gender and Class in Modern Europe (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1996), 165-190;
"`A Maritime Race’: Masculinity and the Racial Division of Labor in British Merchant Ships, 1900-1939," in Margaret S. Creighton and Lisa Norling, eds., Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920 (Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), 169-188;
"Labour Migration, Racial Formation, and Class Identity: Some Reflections on the British Case," North West Labour History, (1995).