Maya Jasanoff is Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University. She specializes in the history of the British Empire. In her first book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East 1750-1850 (2005), she explores the cultural interaction between Britain and Egypt and India during the rapid expansion of the British Empire in the Middle East and Asia. In her second book, Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (2011), which provides the theme for her Clark Lecture, she explores the experience of the Loyalists who left the United States during and after the upheaval of the American Revolution.
Maya Jasanoff’s teaching and research focus on the history of modern Britain and the British Empire. Her first book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850, investigates British expansion in India and Egypt through the lives of art collectors. It was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications including The Economist, The Observer, and The Sunday Times. Her 2011 book Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World provides the first global history of the loyalists who fled the United States after the American Revolution, and resettled in Canada, the Caribbean, Britain, Sierra Leone, and beyond. Liberty's Exiles won numerous distinctions including the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction, the George Washington Book Prize, and a Recognition of Excellence from the Cundill Prize in History; it was also shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. She is currently writing a book on "The Worlds of Joseph Conrad," which uses Conrad's life and fiction to provide a transcontinental history of the world c. 1900.
Jasanoff has been an ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Fellow, a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library, and a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress. Her essays and reviews regularly appear in publications including The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The New Republic.