Maya Jasanoff

  • Harvard University

Maya Jasanoff is Professor of British History at Harvard University, specializing in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British empire. Her first book, Edge of Empire, describes British expansion in India and Egypt through the lives of art collectors, and was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize. Her recent book Liberty’s Exiles (2012) offers the first global history of loyalists who fled revolutionary America and resettled in Canada, the Caribbean, Britain, Sierra Leone, and beyond. It received numerous honors including the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-Fiction and the George Washington Book Prize. Maya is currently researching The Worlds of Joseph Conrad. As part of her research, she has blogged a journey on a cargo ship sailing from China to Europe. She is a frequent contributor to American and British newspapers and magazines. Several of her most recent articles for The New York Review of Books include “A Passage From Hong Kong”, “We Are More English Than We Know”, and “Good Losers”. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Maya taught at the University of Virginia. She received her B.A. from Harvard, a master’s degree from Cambridge University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University.