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Erik Linstrum

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Erik Linstrum works on modern British and European history in a global context, with a focus on the British Empire since 1800. His first book, Making Minds Modern: The Politics of Psychology in the British Empire, explores how innovations in the science of mind — laboratory measurements, psychoanalysis, and mental testing — changed British rule overseas. Other research projects include a study of secrecy in British colonial administration and a history of chemical weapons in the British Empire after 1919. He is especially interested in the history of the human sciences, colonial violence, and books, reading, and translation. Trained in the History Department at Harvard University (Ph.D., 2012), he has held fellowships with the Institute of Historical Research in London and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. His work has appeared in Past & Present, the Journal of the History of Ideas, and elsewhere.