Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
I am a historian of Europe from the 18th century to the present. While my particular interests lie in Western Europe (Britain, France, Germany, mostly), I conceive of Europe broadly and seek to place European history in the context of its interactions with the wider world. Europe's imperial and colonial past beyond the geographic boundaries of the continent is an important part of that history. Similarly, the sprawling nature of capitalism and the world economy require an engagement with non-European history. In my now completed first book (The Global Transformation of Time: 1870-1950) I traced changing political, legal, and cultural regimes of time during an area of intensified global interactions between Europe and other world regions. The book follows time in its different manifestations as clock time, calendar time, and social and cultural time from Germany, France, and Britain, to British India, the colonial world broadly, the late Ottoman Levant and Egypt, and the League of Nations. I consider this book an attempt and proposal to conceptualize European history as global and international. I published an article related to the book in The American Historical Review in 2013.