• Digital law reports: research you can do during the pandemic

    You’ve cancelled your summer research trips. Archives like the British Library have suspended their imaging services during the pandemic, which means that you can’t order scans or copies remotely, either. So how do you keep …

  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon ("the Ice Cream Cone Upside Down," as Parsi children used to call it in colonial Rangoon)

    Burma Parsi Memories

      In 2004-7, I met with a number of elderly Parsis who shared memories of their families’ lives in colonial Burma. Some recalled fleeing to India during the Japanese invasion of Burma in World War …

  • Abortion in South Asia

    My article, “Abortion in South Asia, 1860-1947: A medico-legal history” was published online this month in Modern Asian Studies (2020) 1-58. Here is the abstract, and here is a read-only version. I worked on this project …

  • From the Archives: Poison 1

    I’ve come across many tragic and strange cases while working on a chapter about planted poison for my forensics book project. Here are some lowlights from the 1896 Madras Chemical Examiner’s Report: There are many …

  • Epidemics in South Asian legal history

    Our COVID-19 era has me thinking about  the bubonic plague’s 1896 arrival in Bombay. It stayed for over a decade. Here’s my description of the experience via two of my favorite legal memoirists: A. J. …

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