Jessica Hanser
Associate Professor of History, Yale-NUS College; University of British Columbia

Jessica Hanser is Associate professor of history at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She recently joined the history faculty at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She works on the British empire in early modern maritime Asia and her book, Mr Smith Goes to China: Three Scots in the Making of Britain’s Global Empire, is forthcoming with Yale University Press in July 2019.

Written by Jessica Hanser

The Hongs at Canton (c1820), unknown artist. Chinese school. Photo by AKG London

Nations and empires
Scots running amok

As loan sharks, drug smugglers, generals and plant hunters, Scots played a central role in expanding the British Empire

Jessica Hanser