• From the Archives: Poison 2

    This month, I’m sharing more cases from my history of forensics research (part 1 went up in April). Here are some cases from the Madras Chemical Examiner’s report for 1897: Deadly astrology: “The viscera of …

  • Ten years (and adventures in forensic intoxication)

    My website is ten years old this month! I baked this cake to celebrate. Dr. Anwesha Maity, who is doing some translation work for me, recently came across a rather entertaining passage in a 19th-century …

  • 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 …

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