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Dr Jeppe Mulich

Dr Jeppe Mulich

Teaching Associate in World/Global History

Faculty of History
West Road

Cambridge CB3 9EF


I did my BSc in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, my MA at Yale University, and completed my PhD in History at New York University. I previously taught global history at NYU and at the London School of Economics, where I was an LSE Fellow  prior to joining the Faculty of History at Cambridge. Before entering academia I worked for a number of years at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations in New York.   

Subject groups/Research projects

World History:

Empire and colonial expansion

Research Interests

My research focuses on the global history of empire and colonial expansion, especially in the Atlantic world and in the Asia-Pacific. Most of my work deals with legal and political aspects of this history, including trans-imperial networks, sovereignty and jurisdictional contestations, colonial cities and borderlands, and globalization as a historical phenomenon. Chronologically I am interested in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but with an eye towards longer trajectories and lasting legacies. I was trained as an Atlantic historian and have broad interests in legal, maritime, and imperial history, as well as international relations theory and global historical sociology.

My first book project uncovers imperial interactions in the Caribbean. Drawing on research in Caribbean, European, and North American archives, I trace processes of intercolonial integration and imperial competition in the Leeward Islands at the turn of the nineteenth century. The book shows the formation of an inter-imperial microregion through the overlapping effect of networks connected to such processes as the illicit trade in African slaves following abolition; the jurisdictional infighting of competing prize courts; the establishment of free ports and the resilience of smuggling; regional security cooperation between white elites in the face of slave uprisings; and the growing influence and mobility of free black communities with ties across the region.  

My second major project  traces the emergence of a global international legal order over the course of the long nineteenth century, with a geographical focus on interactions and encounters in the Asia-Pacific region. The project explores how international law gradually became a global phenomenon through the expansion of new and old empires and the varied adaptive strategies employed by non-Western polities in the face of potential colonization.

Research Supervision

I welcome inquiries from prospective MPhil students interested in global and imperial history, especially projects concerned with law, borderlands, or nineteenth century colonialism. Geographically I am happy to supervise projects on Atlantic, Southeast Asian, or Pacific history.


I am currently lecturing and supervising for Papers 21 and 23. I am also co-convening the Core Course for the MPhil in World History.

Other Professional Activities

I serve on the Executive Committee of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI) and I am a member of the advisory committee for the Historical International Relations section of the International Studies Association (ISA). 

Key Publications


In a Sea of Empires: Networks and Crossings in the Revolutionary Caribbean (under contract with Cambridge University Press) 

Articles and chapters

“Maritime Marronage in Colonial Borderlands,” in A World at Sea: Maritime Practices in Global History, 1500-1900, eds. Benton and Perl-Rosenthal (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming) 

"Republican Privateering: Local Networks and Political Order in the Western Atlantic," in The Two Worlds of Nineteenth Century IR, ed. Daniel Green (Routledge, 2018)

“Transformation at the Margins: Imperial Expansion and Systemic Change in World Politics,” Review of International Studies, volume 44:4 (2018), pp. 694-716

“Empire and Violence: Continuity in the Age of Revolution,” Political Power and Social Theory, volume 32 (2017), pp. 181-204 

“The Space between Empires: Coastal and Insular Microregions in the Early Nineteenth-Century World,” [with Lauren Benton] in The Uses of Space in Early Modern History, ed. Paul Stock (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 151-171

“Microregionalism and Intercolonial Relations: The Case of the Danish West Indies, 1730-1830,” Journal of Global History, volume 8:1 (2013), pp. 72-94