Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Sascha Auerbach

Sascha Auerbach is currently a Lecturer in the History Department of the University of Nottingham, where he specialises in the cultural, social and legal history of Britain and the Empire in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, and a research fellow at King's College London. His first monograph, Race, Law, and "the Chinese Puzzle" in Imperial Britain, was published in 2009, and his research has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including the Journal of Social History, Law and History Review, the Journal of British Studies and Comparative Studies in Society and History. Dr Auerbach has been the recipient of both an Insight Grant and a Standard Research Grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In 2011, he served as the inaugural Fulbright-King's College London Scholar on the staff of the School of Law.

He is currently working on two major research projects. The first, a book manuscript titled Armed with Sword and Scales: Courtrooms, Culture and Law in Modern London, examines legal culture and the relationship between everyday courtroom practice and social relations in London from the late-eighteenth century to the early-twentieth. The second project is an historical re-assessment of indentured labour in the nineteenth-century British Empire. It focuses on the contrasts and similarities between how the system operated in disparate regions and on how Chinese and Indian migrants contested the dynamics of work and governance in the Caribbean, southern Africa, and the Indian Ocean World.