Qualia's Qualms

Liminal confutations from a historian of race, science and empire


This is a selection of my publications. If you would like a copy of one of my articles or essays please contact me.


Peoples on Parade: Exhibitions, Empire and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Joint winner of the Sonya Rudikoff Award for the best first book in Victorian Studies published in 2011. Awarded by the Northeast Victorian Studies Association in 2013.

Articles and essays

‘Peopling Natural History’, in N. Jardine, J. Secord, E. Spary and H. Curry, Worlds of Natural History (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

‘Science, Empire and Globalization in the Nineteenth Century’, in J. Holmes & S. Rushton, eds, Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science (Routledge), pp. 19–29.

‘Science et mondialisation au XIXe siècle’, P. Singaravélou and S. Venayre, eds, Histoire du Monde au XIXe Siècle (Fayard), pp. 181–193.

‘Dramas of Development: Exhibitions and Evolution in Victorian Britain’, in Bernard Lightman and Bennett Zon, eds, Evolution and Victorian Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 261–285.

‘Dying Americans: Race, Extinction and Conservation in the New World’, in Astrid Swenson and Peter Mandler, eds, From Plunder to Preservation: Britain and the Heritage of Empire, 1800–1950 (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 269–288.

‘Tipu’s Tiger and Images of India, 1799–2010’, in Sarah Longair and John McAleer, eds, Curating Empire: Museums and the British Imperial Experience, Studies in Imperialism (Manchester University Press, 2013), pp. 207–224.

‘Peopling the Landscape: Showmen, Displayed Peoples and Travel Illustration in Victorian Britain’, Early Popular Visual Culture 10 (2012): 23–36.

‘Meeting the Zulus: Displayed Peoples, British Imperialism and the Shows of London, 1853–1879’, in Joe Kember, John Plunkett, Jill Sullivan, eds, Popular Exhibitions, Science and Showmanship, 1840–1914 (Pickering and Chatto, 2012), pp. 183–198.

‘Robert Gordon Latham, Displayed Peoples and the Natural History of Race, 1854–1866’, Historical Journal 54 (2011): 143–166.

‘Reading Ephemera’, in Rosalind Crone and Shafquat Towheed, eds, The History of Reading, 3 vols (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 135-155.

‘Displaying Sara Baartman, the “Hottentot Venus”‘, History of Science 42 (2004): 233–257.

Reference works

‘Great Exposition of 1851 (Crystal Palace)’ in R. Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms, eds, Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Sage, 2013).

‘Ethnological Exhibitions’ in Patrick L. Mason, ed., Encyclopaedia of Race and Racism, 2nd edn (Macmillan USA, 2013).