• 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. …

  • Digging at the British Library

    I regularly receive e-mails from junior scholars trying to figure out what to work on for a major research project. For grad students and others lucky enough to spend time at the British Library, there’s …

  • Where South Asian & African legal history meet

    Last month in Boston, I attended the African Legal History Symposium, a one-day event at the start of the American Society for Legal History‘s annual meeting. The symposium was organized by  Erin Braatz (Suffolk University), …

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