Joseph McQuade smiling at camera sitting outdoors

Joseph McQuade

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Centre for South Asian Studies at the Asian Institute


Joseph McQuade is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian Institute’s Centre for South Asian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, with a dissertation that examined the origins of terrorism in colonial South Asia in international perspective. This research is currently being revised into a book manuscript, tentatively titled Anti-colonial nationalism and the birth of ‘terrorism’ in colonial India, 1857-1947. His postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto will interrogate the role of terrorism and insurgency in defining national identity in postcolonial India and Burma (Myanmar). His broader research and teaching interests include critical genealogies of ‘terrorism’ as a political and legal category, the global history of political violence, and the relationship between insurgency and nation-states.


  • Ph.D. University of Cambridge (2017)
  • M.A. Queen’s University (2013)
  • B.A. University of Toronto (2012)


  • Special issue in History Compass 15, No. 2, Theme: “Making and Unmaking the Nation in World History” (with Alastair McClure and Sophie-Jung Kim).
  • “Introduction”, in “Making and Unmaking the Nation in World History”, co-edited special issue of History Compass 15, No. 2 (with Alastair McClure and Sophie-Jung Kim).
  • “The New Asia of Rash Behari Bose: India, Japan, and the limits of the international, 1912-1945”, Journal of World History 27, no. 4, 641-667.
  • “Political discourse, political violence: Fenians, nihilists, and the revolutionaries of Bengal, 1907-1925”, Sikh Formations 10, no. 1, 43-55.


CAS490H1: Terrorism in South Asia: A Global Perspective.

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