research and CV

Selected publications. A pdf copy of my full CV is available here.


2020. Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition across Southeast Asia. Princeton University Press

Under contract. Colonial Legacies and Japan’s Wartime Empire. Cambridge University Press (CUP-Elements Series on Politics and Society in Southeast Asia)


Published Articles and Book Chapters

2022. “Smuggling and Border Enforcement” (with Yuhki Tajima). International Organization. First View, 1-38.

2022. “Taming Abundance: Doing Digital Archival Research (as Political Scientists)PS: Political Science and Politics. First View, 1-9. 

2021. “The Seduction of Comparisons: Untouchability beyond Caste in Africa, Asia, and the Middle EastPOMEPS Studies, 44. 

2019. “The Periphery’s Order: Opium and Moral Wreckage in British Burma” pp. 108-127 in Empire and the Social Sciences: Global Histories of Knowledge, ed. Jeremy Adelman. (Bloomsbury UK, 2019)

2018. “A ‘Surreptitious Introduction’: Opium Smuggling and Colonial State Formation in Late 19th Century Bengal and Burma” pp. 233-252 in The Legitimacy of Power: New Perspectives on the History of Political Economy, eds. Sophus Reinert and Robert Fredona (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

2015. “Standoffish States: Nonliterate Leviathans in Southeast Asia” (with Dan Slater) Trans-Regional and National Studies of Southeast Asia, 3(1), pp. 1-20

2012.The Story of the Tattooed Lady: Scandal and the Colonial State in British Burma” Law and Social Inquiry, 37(2), pp. 969-990.


Works in Progress:

Their Worlds: The Transnational Politics and History of Untouchability (Book manuscript in progress)

“Locating and Working with Qualitative Data,” in Doing Good Qualitative Research. Eds. Jennifer Cyr and Sara Wallace Goodman. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

“Untouchability in the 21st Century” Revise and Resubmit

“The ‘Evil Spectators’: Opium and Empire’s Stakeholders in 20th Century Southeast Asia” Revise and Resubmit

“The Ones Who Disappeared: War, Empire, and Untouchability in Korea” Working Paper


Selected Other Publications:

2020. “From Vice to Crime” Aeon Magazine. 

2020. “The Sticky Problem of Opium Revenue” BiblioAsia – Singapore National Library Board, 17 (Oct-Dec)

2017. “Navigating Multiple Archives across Southeast Asia: Three Questions I Wish I Had Known to Ask” APSA-Comparative Democratization, 15(3): 16-20.