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Roots of Contemporary Issues RCI

Ashley Wright

Associate Professor of History
Director, Roots of Contemporary Issues Program
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. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of empires, modern Britain, and World history.



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

2017       “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).

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

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

2008       “Opium and Imperial Control in Colonial Burma.”  Contemporary Drug Problems 35, 4 (2008), 611-646.

Ashley Wright