IOWC PhD Student: Peter Hynd

Peter completed his B.A. (Hons.) at the University of Toronto in 2007, specialising in history. In 2010, he was awarded an M.A. in History from McMaster University, where he took seminars on the history of Britain, the British Empire, colonies of European settlement, European imperialism in Africa and the Islamic World, and environmental history. His M.A. research paper, “Vineyard of the Empire,” analysed the origins and fortunes of the Australian wine industry in the context of changes in British tastes and tariff policies.

Peter’s current research interests include colonialism, historical globalization, economic, and environmental history, with a specific focus on the British Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Of particular interest to him are moments in which colonial contacts and imperial politics interacted with the environment to generate unexpected social or economic outcomes. Peter’s forthcoming thesis is a study of liquor regulations and the excise adminstration in colonial India from approximately 1860 to 1914.

At the IOWC, Peter has contributed to the IOW Historical Environment Database since 2014. He will begin a Postdoctoral position at the IOWC in early 2018.

Outside of academia, Peter has spent several years working jobs as varied as butcher and jeweller.

Contact Information
Indian Ocean World Centre
Peterson Hall
3460 McTavish Street, Room 100
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0E6


2018 (forthcoming): "Health, Disease, and Alcohol Policy in British India, 1860-1905" in Campbell and Schnepel, eds., Disease Dispersion and Impact in the Indian Ocean World, Leiden: Brill, 2018.

2017 (in press): "Regulating Cannabis in Late Nineteenth Century and Early Twentieth Century British India." Indian Ocean World Centre Working Paper Series, 4.

2015:  "On the Indian Method of Distilling, 1784." The Historical Cooking Project. 29 January 2015.