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Madeline Grimm

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Email    madelinehgrimm@gmail.com
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I am a scholar of the global British Empire, working across the fields of Atlantic history, South Asian history, and intellectual history. My research explores the importance of knowledge production to early modern British rule. I am particularly interested in the relationship between history writing and the consolidation of British power in eighteenth-century India. My work evaluates how history was used to acquire information about India, navigate Indian society, and manage the politics of imperial rule. I suggest that similar techniques for historical study were deployed across the British Empire and can be linked to global epistemological shifts. My work thus challenges the conventional historiographic divide between Britain's colonies in India and America. I consider the British Empire as an interconnected intellectual space, where knowledge was created and disseminated by a diverse group of European and indigenous scholars.

Field of Study

South and Southeast Asia


World history, the British EmpireIntellectual history

Grants and Awards

Society for the History of Discoveries Student Prize, 2018.

Department Award for European Archival Research, 2018. 

Conference Presentations

Scheduled talks:

"Public Corruption and Private Gain: The Case of Paul Benfield," to be presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston, March 2020.


M.Phil., Early Modern History, University of Cambridge, 2016 

B.A., History, The College of William and Mary, 2015