Diana’s research intersects comparative politics, socio-legal theory, public policy as well as histories of empire in East and Southeast Asia since the late 19th century. Specifically, she is interested in the historical development of institutions for regulating vice and their lasting influences for today’s underground political economies across Asia. Her dissertation and first book manuscript, entitled Empires of Vice, analyzes the comparative rise of opium prohibition in British Burma, Malaya, and French Indochina from 1870 to 1945. Her second project will explore the problem of “dirty” professions amongst untouchable groups in colonial Bengal, Korea, and Japan.
Diana has worked as a consultant for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and her scholarship has been awarded prizes from the American Bar Foundation and the Social Science History Association. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science (2013) at the University of Chicago and was a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University (2013-2016).