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History | Ashley Wright

Ashley Wright

Associate Professor of History

Wilson-Short Hall 312



Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2008.


Academic & Professional Interests

Wright’s research focuses on the British empire in South and Southeast Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her first book analyzes opium policy in colonial Burma, and she is currently working on a project about marginal women in the British empire, funded by an NEH Summer Stipend fellowship. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of empires, modern Britain, and World history.



Opium and Empire in Southeast Asia: Regulating Consumption in British Burma. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.



Gender, Violence and Justice in Colonial Assam: the Webb case, c. 1884” Journal of Social History (2020), 1-18.

“Not just a ‘place for the smoking of opium’: the Indian opium den and imperial anxieties in the 1890s.” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 18, 2 (2017)

Maintaining the bar: regulating European barmaids in colonial Calcutta and Rangoon”  Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 45,1 (2017), 22-45.

“Opium in British Burma, 1826-1881.”  Contemporary Drug Problems 35,4 (2008), 611-646.