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Variants: Crosbie, B., Crosbie, B. J.

I read History and English at University College Dublin before obtaining qualified teaching status through the award of a Higher Diploma in Education in 1999. In 2005, I completed a PhD in Modern History at the University of Cambridge. Before taking up my current post as Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong, I worked as a fixed-term Lecturer in British Imperial and Commonwealth history at the National University of Ireland, Galway, a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, and as an Assistant Professor with the Department of History at the University of Macau. My research interests focus on the history of colonialism, race, and culture in the context of British involvement in Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have contributed to the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography, and have published work on several aspects of Ireland’s historical relationship with the British Empire for the Historical JournalHistorical Studies and History Compass. In 2012 I published my first monograph entitled Irish Imperial Networks: Migration, Social Communication and Exchange in Nineteenth-Century India with Cambridge University Press. A second book entitled The Cultural Construction of the British World, co-edited with Mark Hampton, was published as part of the ongoing 'Studies in Imperialism Series' with Manchester University Press in 2015. Since 2017, I have been working on a three-year University Grants Committee General Research Fund project examining the history of private members' clubs and associational life in colonial Hong Kong. This project will form part of a third book-lenght study focusing on the history of British cultural encounters with China during the colonial period. 

Research interests

One major strand of my recent work has been an examination of the effects of a differentiated metropole upon the Empire with specific focus on imperial migrations and networks of ethnic affiliation among Britons overseas. I am currently engaged in two separate research projects. The first project explores the emergence of humanitarian networks within the colonial administration, especially those centered upon issues of famine relief, economic development and human rights, and how these networks served to link parts of Britain’s formal and informal empire in Asia, Africa and the Middle East during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The second project involves researching the history of social clubs in Hong Kong during the colonial period, examining how issues of race, class, gender and politics played out within these environments impacted upon the fashioning of colonial identities as well as the development of Hong Kong’s society and culture.

  • History of the British Empire
  • Colonialism and Imperialism
  • Nationalism and Decolonization
  • Modern South Asia
  • History of Colonial Science and Technology
  • Missionary History
  • History of Modern Britain and Ireland
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Hong Kong

Professional information

ORCID : 0000-0002-5765-5214

Scopus ID: 35490401100

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Barry James CROSBIE is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Ireland Arts & Humanities
India Arts & Humanities
History Arts & Humanities
Colonial Science Arts & Humanities
British Empire Arts & Humanities
British Rule Arts & Humanities
Irish History Arts & Humanities
Linkage Arts & Humanities

Research Outputs 2003 2018

Ireland and the empire in the nineteenth century

CROSBIE, B. J., 2018, The Cambridge history of Ireland: Vol. 3, 1730–1880. KELLY, J. & BARTLETT, T. (eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press, p. 617-636

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction: The cultural construction of the British world

CROSBIE, B. J. & HAMPTON, M., Nov 2015, The cultural construction of the British world. CROSBIE, B. & HAMPTON, M. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 1-16

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Irish religious networks in colonial South Asia, ca. 1788–1858

CROSBIE, B. J., 2015, Religion and Greater Ireland: Christianity and Irish global networks, 1750-1950. BARR, C. & CAREY, H. M. (eds.). Montreal & Kingston: Mcgill-Queens University Press, p. 209-228

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The cultural construction of the British world

CROSBIE, B. J. & HAMPTON, M., 2015, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Hong Kong
Sierra Leone
British Empire