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SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Joseph McQuade is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for South Asian Studies, a branch of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He is also a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Editor-in-Chief at the NATO Association of Canada and a Sessional Lecturer in the Department of History at Ryerson University.

Joseph completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, with a dissertation that examined the origins of terrorism in colonial South Asia in an international perspective. This research is currently being revised into a book manuscript, tentatively titled, "From thugs to terrorists: Conspiracy, law, and violence in colonial India, 1857-1947".

His postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto looks at the role of terrorism and insurgency in postcolonial India and Burma (Myanmar) up to the present day. His broader research and teaching interests include critical genealogies of ‘terrorism’ as a political and legal category, the relationship between insurgency and nation-states, and global histories of Asia.


  • –present
    SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto