Sunday, March 3, 2019

Welcome, Lisa Ford!

We are delighted to introduce our guest blogger for March 2019: Lisa Ford, Professor of History at the University of New South Wales.

Professor Ford is a historian of the British imperial world and the early national United States. Her work looks at ideas and practices of order in the post-1763 period. Her first book, Settler Sovereignty: jurisdiction and indigenous people in America and Australia, 1788-1836 (Harvard University Press, 2010) won the AHA's Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book on the history of American law and society in 2010. Her second book, Rage for Order: the British Empire and the origins of international law, 1800-1850 (Harvard University Press, 2016) was co-authored with Lauren Benton. It explores the intersection between imperial legal reform, international law, and global order in the early nineteenth century. 

Her third book project (currently in progress) is entitled The King's Colonial Peace. It explores what conflicts about peacekeeping in the British Empire (1763-1840) reveal about the imperial constitution. She is also at work on a collaborative pan-imperial project that looks at commissions of legal inquiry (1817-28). It uses corpus linguistics analysis to understand changes in legal language. 

Professor Ford is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and is the co-editor (with Tim Rouse) of the volume, Between Indigenous and Settler Governance (Routledge, 2013). 

For more on Prof. Ford's research, see her faculty profile here.