Professor Clare Anderson

Professor of History


Clare Anderson, Professor of History, is editor of the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. She is currently directing a project exploring mental health and addiction in the jails of British Guiana, and the aftermaths of colonial penal practices in the present day.


I am principal investigator on the ESRC project MNS Disorders in Guyana's Jails, 1825 to the present day. I am also Principal Investigator of the 4-year ESRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (with The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre), The Salvation Army's overseas settlements and colonies, 1890-1939. Adam Millar is the project's PhD student. Finally, I am Principal Investigator of the 4-year ESRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (with The Howard League for Penal Reform), The History of The Howard League for Penal Reform, 1866-1948. Jess Kebbell is the project's MSc/PhD student.


Anderson C, ed. (2018) A Global History of Convicts and Penal Colonies (London: Bloomsbury) ISBN:9781350000674

Anderson C (2016) Transnational histories of penal transportation: Punishment, labour and governance in the British Imperial World, 1788-1939. Australian Historical Studies, 47 (3), pp. 381-397 10.1080/1031461X.2016.1203962

Anderson C (2016) Convicts, Carcerality and Cape Colony Connections in the 19th Century. JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN STUDIES, 42 (3), pp. 429-442 10.1080/03057070.2016.1175128

Anderson C (2016) All the World's a Prison: When the European powers began exporting convicts to other continents, they did so to create a deterrent and to establish new settlements across the world. Clare Anderson traces the history of punitive passages. History Today, 66 (3)

Anderson C (2016) A global history of exile in Asia, c. 1700-1900. Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemorationpp. 20-47 ISBN13: 9780824853754

Anderson C (2016) Empire and exile: Reflections on the ibis trilogy. American Historical Review, 121 (5), pp. 1523-1530

Anderson C, Crockett CM, De Vito CG, Miyamoto T, Moss K, Sakata M (2015) Locating penal transportation: punishment, space and place c. 1750-1900. In: Morin KM, Moran D (Eds.) Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the usable carceral past 

Anderson C (2014) After emancipation: empires and imperial formations. In: Hall C, Draper N, McClelland K (Eds.) Emancipation and the remaking of the British imperial world pp. 113-127 

Anderson C (2014) Sites of Provocation and Coalescence: Jails as Spaces of Rebellion in 1857-1858. Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857, Volume 5: Muslim, Dalit and Subaltern Narratives pp. 49-62 ISBN13: 978-81-321-1353-9 

Frykman N, Anderson C, van Voss LH, Rediker M (2013) Mutiny and Maritime Radicalism in the Age of Revolution: An Introduction. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SOCIAL HISTORY, 58, pp. 1-14 10.1017/S0020859013000497


I currently supervise PhD students working on women’s letter writing in British India; the India Museum at Kedleston Hall; opium use amongst Indian indentured migrants; William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery; the Salvation Army's overseas migration schemes; migration from Guernsey; the history of The Howard League’s penal reform campaigns; and (with Sociology) the Palestinians of Syria since 2011.

I have previously supervised students working on the East India Company warehouses of London; lascars in the Indian Ocean; Indigenous-settler relations in colonial Canada; the making of history in post-colonial Bermuda; extraterritoriality in treaty port China; colonisation and penal confinement in Australian islands; Western Australian labour history; British officers in the Indian army; criminal justice in 1820s Britain; gender and the convict colony of Sakahlin Island; and British convict hulks in the nineteenth century.

I am happy to take on postgraduates working across many areas of colonial and global history, as well as the history of punishment, the history of labour and migration, and the aftermaths and contemporary resonances of European empires.


My teaching is on the history of Empire, migration and historiography.

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