PhD (Yale University)
Maya Jasanoff is a Visiting Professor in the Humanities and Languages division of the School of Arts and Sciences. Educated at Harvard (BA), the University of Cambridge (MPhil) and Yale (PhD), she is now the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University. Her award-winning works explore different aspects of imperialism and globalisation. An acclaimed “method historian” who believes in following in the footsteps of the characters she writes about, Professor Jasanoff sailed across the Indian Ocean on a container ship and travelled on a barge down the Congo River for her much talked-about book The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, which won the prestigious Cundill History Prize in 2018. Her first book Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 (2005) won the Duff Cooper Prize. Her second book, Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (2011), won the National Book Critics Circle Award and George Washington Book Prize.
Professor Jasanoff’s research has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Kluge Chair at the Library of Congress, a Charles A. Ryskamp fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and a fellowship at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. In 2015 she was named a Harvard College Professor for excellence in teaching. In 2017 she won the Windham-Campbell Prize for achievement in non-fiction literature.
Professor Jasanoff is currently engaged in researching two books:
Selected recent essays and journalism:
As a Visiting Professor at the University, Professor Jasanoff will offer lectures in imperial and global history, and engage faculty and students in different ways of writing about the past, such as biography and narrative non-fiction, through seminar-style courses.