Asheesh Siddique is a political, intellectual, and cultural historian of the British empire, early America, and early modern Europe who is interested in the relationship between governance, knowledge, and technology. Siddique’s first book project, tentatively entitled “Paperwork, Governance, and Archive in the British Empire During the Long Eighteenth Century,” examines the changing ways in which the British imperial state used the technology of paper to govern and administer its territories in North America, the Caribbean, and India during a century of immense geopolitical transformation. The project examines both the ways in which documents were developed and used in administration; and the history of their archivization. At USC, Siddique intends to start work on two new projects: a study of the rise of archive-based approaches to writing the history of the American Revolution during the nineteenth century across the Atlantic world; and a conceptual history of “corporation” in Western political, legal, and economic thought from the medieval period to the present.
Siddique received his PhD in History from Columbia University in 2016. Prior to that, he was trained at the University of Oxford (MPhil, 2009) and Princeton University (AB, 2007). His research has been supported by a number of institutions, including the Social Science Research Council, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the American Philosophical Society.