Maya Jasanoff is a Visiting Professor in the Humanities and Languages division of the School of Arts and Sciences. Professor Jasanoff is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University in the USA. She earned her PhD at Yale on the topic "French and British imperial collecting in Egypt and India, 1780-1820". 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 in 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 book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 - won the Duff Cooper Prize. Another book of Professor Jasanoff, Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (2011), won the National Book Critics Circle Award and George Washington Book Prize.
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.