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Dr Erica Wald

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Modern History, UG Admissions Tutor
Department History
Email e.wald (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7146
Dr Erica Wald

Academic qualifications

  • BA History and Government, Smith College (1998)
  • MSc Politics of Empire and Post Imperialism, London School of Economics and Political Science (2000)
  • PhD History, Trinity College, Cambridge (2009)

Teaching

BA first year

Dictators, War & Revolutions

BA second and third year

Empires in Comparative Perspective: Imperium Romanum to Pax Americana
Modern South Asia: Body, Society, Empire and Nation c. 1600-1947

MA

Mughals, Munshis and Mistresses: Society and Rule in Early Colonial India

Areas of supervision

Dr Erica Wald would welcome research proposals on South Asian history. In particular, she would be happy to supervise on all aspects of medical, military, gender, social and imperial history.

 

Research Interests

Dr Wald's research interests lie across the fields of imperial, social and medical history. In particular, Dr Wald focusses on the nineteenth century in colonial India. 

Dr Wald's past research explored the interlinked themes of the military, medicine and morality in early nineteenth century India. Her book, Vice in the Barracks: Military, Medicine and the Making of Colonial India looks at the ways in which concerns over ‘vice-driven’ health threats – such as venereal disease and drunkenness in the army dictated the colonial state’s policies.

Dr Wald's new project examines the role of medical knowledge networks across British India.

 

Publications

Book

Vice in the Barracks: Medicine, the Military and the Making of Colonial India, 1780-1868
Wald, Erica. March 2014. Vice in the Barracks: Medicine, the Military and the Making of Colonial India, 1780-1868. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137270986

Book Section

At Ease, Soldier: Social Life in the Cantonment
Wald, Erica. 2016. At Ease, Soldier: Social Life in the Cantonment. In: Gavin Rand and Kaushik Roy, eds. ReNewing the Military History of South Asia. London: Routledge.

Article

Health, Discipline and Appropriate Behaviour : the Body of the Soldier and Space of the Cantonment
Wald, Erica. 2012. Health, Discipline and Appropriate Behaviour : the Body of the Soldier and Space of the Cantonment. Modern Asian Studies, 46(4), pp. 815-856. ISSN 0026-749X

'From Begums to Bibis to Abandoned Females and Idle Women: Sexual Relationships, Venereal Disease and the Redefinition of Prostitution in Early Nineteenth-Century India
Wald, Erica. 2009. 'From Begums to Bibis to Abandoned Females and Idle Women: Sexual Relationships, Venereal Disease and the Redefinition of Prostitution in Early Nineteenth-Century India. Indian Economic Social History Review, 46(1), pp. 5-25. ISSN 0019-4646

Defining Prostitution and Redefining Women’s Roles: The Colonial State and Society in Early 19th Century India
Wald, Erica. 2009. Defining Prostitution and Redefining Women’s Roles: The Colonial State and Society in Early 19th Century India. History Compass, 7(6), pp. 1470-1483.