I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University.
I am currently completing my first book project, entitled "Colonial Capitalism and the Dilemmas of Liberalism," which is under contract with Oxford University Press. My research has been published in The Journal of Politics, The Review of Politics, Polity, New Political Economy, and Rural Sociology.
My research is located at the intersection of the history of political thought, political economy, history of capitalism, and colonial studies. My first book investigates the historical role of colonial economic relations in shaping British liberal thought between the late-seventeenth and early-nineteenth centuries. I argue that liberalism as a political language developed in and through early-modern debates over the contested meanings of private property, market exchange, and free labor. The political economic questions that such debates addressed were emphatically imperial in nature, as they concerned territorial conquest or colonization, various regimes of bonded labor, and extractive policies in imperial provinces. Identifying the dilemmas that these coercive colonial systems posed for liberal political economy, I analyze the works of John Locke, Edmund Burke, and Edward G. Wakefield as three middle-class intellectuals of the empire, who grappled with the tensions between Britain’s liberal image as a peaceful commercial society and the illiberal economic policies that pervaded its imperial possessions.
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