Anna is currently researching the history of medicine in the Indian Ocean in the early modern period (c. 1400-1800). She has a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford, and both her MA in African and Asian History and PhD are from the University of London. The topic of her PhD dissertation and forthcoming monograph is the connections between scholarship and early colonialism, focusing in particular on the making and circulation of medical, linguistic, botanical, cartographical and ethnographic knowledge by non-elite actors including slaves. During her PhD, she did archival research in India and Sri Lanka, while attached to Jawaharlal Nehru University, and in St Helena, supported by a scholarship from the Central University of London Research Fund. She also worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Oxford.
Before beginning her PhD, Anna worked on archival and oral history in East Africa, supported by a graduate scholarship from the British Institute in Eastern Africa and also independently. Before coming to the IOWC, Anna taught history at the University of Sussex for two years, covering Global History, Early Modern History, the Enlightenment, and Post-Colonial Theory. She also worked with the Centre for World Environmental History at Sussex, where she remains a Research Associate. She has worked for the last ten years as a freelance academic editor and copywriter, as well as in information and research roles for non-governmental organizations in the UK and East Africa. Her research interests include global history, history of the Indian Ocean, histories of science and environment, history of ideas, histories of colonialism and development, history of language, and digital humanities.
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2012 "Auto-Ethnography and Self-Fashioning in Samuel Baron’s Description of Tonqueen." Journeys: The International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing.
2009 "Producing and Using the Historical Account of Ceylon: Robert Knox, the East India Company and the Royal Society." British Journal for the History of Science 42.4: 515-538.
2009 Co-author (with Jonneke Koomen and Gemma Burford), "Cultural Rights and Rites of Defiance: FGC in Northern Tanzania." African Studies Review 52.2: 47-71.
2009 "Seventeenth Century Records in the St Helena Archives." Lives and Letters 1.1.
2007 Co-author (with James North), "Building an African Studies Repository Using Web 2.0 Principles." First Monday 12.4.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
2011 "Using the Hortus Malabaricus in late seventeenth century Tamil Nadu." In Plant Diversity, Morphology, Taxonomy & Ethnobotany: An introspection, edited by ????. University of Calicut.
2011 "From Hold to Foredeck: Slave Professions in the Maritime World of the East India Company 1660-1720." In Maritime History as Global History, edited by Maria Fusaro and Amélia Polónia. St. John's, NL: International Maritime Economic History Association.
2011 "Hybrid Knowledge." Review of The Brokered World: Go-Betweens and Global Intelligence, 1770-1820, by Simon Schaffer, Lissa Roberts, Kapil Raj and James Delbourgo, History Workshop Journal 71.
2005 Review of "Ideas for Development," by Robert Chambers, INTRAC November.
2010 Co-author (with David Robey), "Overview of Outputs of AHRC-Funded Data Resources." Report to the AHRC, August 2010.