Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall is a renowned historian of British imperialism and how the experience of empire mutually reconfigured conceptions of identity in both the metropole and the colonies. She has been the Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London since 2009 and her work on the British Empire has brought a feminist perspective to bear on important questions of imperial culture, gender and race in a way that has challenged conventional assumptions about nineteenth-century Britain. She has sought to show how the shaping of colonial identity and discourse was a two-way street in which the colonizers were as much formed by the colonized as the other way round. She has also sought to deconstruct the legacy of empire in terms of how it established hegemonic ideas about masculinity. Polity has published some of her most important works, including Civilising Subjects and White, Male and Middle-Class.