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Laura Channing


Originally from London, I have an undergraduate degree in History from King’s College, London where I was awarded the Charles Harold Williams Prize (2015) and the BA History Prize (2016). I then moved to Cambridge to take the MPhil in Economic and Social History where my dissertation ‘Colonial taxation policy and the introduction of direct taxation in Sierra Leone, 1896-1914’ was the joint recipient of the 2017 Ellen McArthur Prize in Economic History. In October 2017 I started the PhD funded by a Gonville Studentship.

My doctoral research, supervised by Dr Bronwen Everill, examines colonial taxation and inequality in West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone.

During 2019-2020 I will be the Jane Eliza Procter Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. 


Other Professional Activities

Co-convenor of the World History Workshop, 2017-2018. 


  • Histories of Colonialism
  • Economic, Social History
  • Global History
  • Imperial History

Key Publications

‘Taxing chiefs: the design and introduction of direct taxation in the Sierra Leone Protectorate, 1896-1914’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (published online 27 January 2020). 

DOI: 10.1080/03086534.2019.1706789

‘Three Tax Regimes: Colonial Taxation Policy in Sierra Leone, 1896-1914’, Debt Politics Working Paper Series, University College London (May, 2018).

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