David is Lecturer in Early Modern History. He read History at the University of Kent, where he also completed his MA and PhD in 2015. His thesis was a study of the English East India Company in South Asia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, exploring in particular the way in which informal social networks shaped the formation of an early modern colonial state.
David stayed at Kent to take up the position of Postdoctoral Associate on the £1m funded 5 year Leverhulme Trust project 'The Global Determinants of the English Constitution', under its P.I. William A. Pettigrew. In 2018, he moved to Queen Mary, University of London, to undertake a 4 year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the School of History. He joined the School of History, Law, and Social Sciences at the University of Bangor in 2022, where he teaches courses on seventeenth century England, early modern Asia, and global history more widely.
David's next book, The Great Defiance: How the World Took on the British Empire, is forthcoming May 2023 with Penguin/Ebury.
David studies the early modern British Empire, with a particular emphasis on the expansion of the English East India Company in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He's interested in the cross-cultural links between the English and the Asian societies they engaged with, as well as the political and diplomatic relationships the Company and its officials constructed with Asian polities, such as the Mughal Empire. More recently, his research has become much more global, focusing on the Indigenous and non-European experiences of English colonialism. His new book tells the story of how non-European people encountered British imperial expansion in the years 1500 to 1800, and either accomodated, contained or resisted it, from the Atlantic to East Asia, and everywhere in between.
HSH-3040: The Glorious Revolution in England and Wales
HPH-4030: The Glorious Revolution
HPH-4005: Themes and Issues in History