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Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson
Trinity Hall



I am a PhD candidate working on the British mandate's understandings of, encounters with, and treatment of mental illness in Palestine between 1920 and 1948. I take mental illness to be a productive lens through which to explore a range of other questions, from drugs and demons, to migration and modernity. I am particularly interested in situating mandatory Palestine within the wider literature on colonial psychiatry, and in throwing new light on broader questions about the changing nature of the relationship between colonialism and welfare in the interwar period.

My supervisor is Dr Andrew Arsan.

I read History at the University of Cambridge as an undergraduate, and hold an MPhil in Historical Studies, also from Cambridge. For this research MPhil, I submitted a thesis entitled: 'Enacting the Nation, Self, and Diaspora within the South Asian Community in Kenya, ca.1880-1950'.


I have supervised undergraduates in the Faculty of History in the following Part I papers:

  • Paper 21 - Empires and World History from the Fifteenth Century to the First World War
  • Paper 23 - Empires and World History since 1914

In addition, I have taught Historical Argument and Practice classes to third-year undergraduates on 'World History'.

Other Professional Activities

Co-convenor of the World History Workshop 2016/17 and 2017/18


  • Imperial History

Key Publications

'Dressing the diaspora: dress practices amongst East African Indians, ca.1895-1939', Modern Asian Studies (2018)

'Petitions and pathways to the asylum in British mandate Palestine, 1930-1948', Historical Journal (2018)