Joseph McQuade

Joseph McQuade

Postdoctoral Fellow, Asian Institute


Joseph McQuade is the Richard Charles Lee Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and a former SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies. He is also Editor-in-Chief at the NATO Association of Canada, where he runs the newly-created Centre for Disinformation Studies program stream. Dr. McQuade is affiliated with the Queen’s University Global History Initiative and with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, and is a Managing Editor of the Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies.

Dr. McQuade completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, with a dissertation that examined the origins of terrorism in colonial India from an international perspective. This research forms the basis of his first book, Assassins by Profession: Empire, Law, and the Making of Modern Terrorism, currently under review with Cambridge University Press. His postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto examines how digital platforms have been used to mobilize violence against ethnic and religious minorities in India and Myanmar from the 1990s to the present. His broader research and teaching interests include critical genealogies of terrorism, international relations in Asia, and the global history of political violence.


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


  • Assassins by Profession: Empire, Law, and the Making of Modern Terrorism(Completed manuscript under review, Cambridge University Press).
  • “Terrorism and anti-terrorism in colonial India”, in Harald Fischer-Tiné and Maria Framke (eds.), Routledge Handbook of the History of Colonialism in South Asia (London; New York: Routledge, 2020).
  • “Beyond an Imperial Foreign Policy?: India at the League of Nations, 1919-1946”, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (Forthcoming).
  • “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.


CAS390H1: Terrorism and Security in Modern Asia
CAS420H: Asia and the New Global Economy
SAS2004H1: Issues in South Asian Studies: A Region and the Disciplines, Or how is a place produced and known?
CAS490H1: Terrorism in South Asia: A Global Perspective.

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