Born a Canadian citizen and raised in Japan, she is an award winning non-fiction author, and professor at Columbia University.
She specializes in British history, the British empire, comparative European history, and international history. Her book about the League of Nations and its impact on the imperial order, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, appeared from Oxford University Press in summer 2015 is a finalist for the world's richest non-fiction book prize, the $75,000US Cundill Prize.
She has written a number of award winning books including:
The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire
Settler Colonialism in the Twentieth Century: Projects, Practices, Legacies
Eleanor Rathbone and the Politics of Conscience
After the Victorians: Private Conscience and Public Duty in Modern Britain
Family, Dependence, and the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain and France, 1914-1945
Advisory Boards: Twentieth Century British History, The Historical Journal, The National Archives
Member: American Historical Association, North American Conference on British Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, American Association of University Women Fellow, Royal Historical Society
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