IOWC Research Associate: Anna Winterbottom

Anna is currently splitting her time between a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for World Environmental History at the University of Sussex, UK, and the IOWC, where she was a postdoctoral fellow from 2012-2014 and remains an Affiliate Member.

She is researching the history of medicine in the Indian Ocean in the early modern period (c. 1400-1800). At McGill, she is working in particular with the Casey Wood collection of early modern medical texts and objects.

The topic of her PhD dissertation and monograph is the connections between scholarship and early colonialism, focusing in particular on the making and circulation of medical, linguistic, botanical, cartographic, and ethnographic knowledge by non-elite actors.

Anna 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. Before coming to McGill in 2012, Anna taught history at the University of Sussex.


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


2016 Hybrid Knowledge in the Early East India Company World. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2015 Co-editor (with Facil Tesfaye), Histories of Medicine and Healing in the Indian Ocean World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2014 Co-editor (with Vinita Damodaran and Alan Lester), The East India Company and the Natural World. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

2014 "Of the China Root: A case study of the circulation of early modern materia medica." Social History of Medicine. Advance online publication, 10 November 2014, doi: 10.1093/shm/hku068.

2013 "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.


Chapters in Edited Volumes

2014 ‘Medicine and Botany in the Making of Madras’, in The East India Company and the Natural World

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.


Book Reviews

2016: Review of Peregrine Horden and Elisabeth Hsu (eds), The Body in Balance: Humoral Medicines in Practice, New York: Berghahn Books, 2015.

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.