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Queen's University

Sandra den Otter Den_otter.jpg

Associate Professor
Modern Britain and the Empire

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Office: Watson 232


D. Phil., Oxford, 1990 


Sandra den Otter researches and teaches in the area of late 18th, 19th and 20th century British history with a particular interest in intellectual and cultural history. She is currently working on the reverberations on British intellectual life of colonialism in South Asia.

Courses Taught


HIST 289: England since 1851
HIST 460: The British in India, 1765-1947
HIST 459: British Culture and Society, 1780-1914


HIST 855: The British in India, 1765-1947
HIST 859: British Culture and Society, 1780-1914

Principal fields for graduate supervision

1) The intellectual, cultural and political histories of Britain in the 18th to 20th centuries
2) The British Empire
3) The Atlantic World
4) Colonial South Asia

Major Publications

The British Idealists and Social Explanation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996)(Amazon)

"Historicizing the Political: The Origins of a Historical Political Science in Britain, 1900-1914", in Historicizing the Political (Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2005).

"Freedom of Contract, Commercial Civilization and Colonial Law in British India", ed. Martin Daunton, Worlds of Political Economy (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2004).

"Freedom of Contract, the Market, and Imperial Law-Making" in Critiques of Capital in Modern Britain and America: Transatlantic Exchanges 1800-Present Day, edited M. Bevir and F. Trentmann (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2002).

"Rewriting the Utilitarian Market", European Legacy VI (2001), 281-293.

"Thinking in Communities": Late Nineteenth-Century Liberals, Idealists and the Retrieval of Community", Parliamentary History (1997)16, 67-84.

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