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 and Digital Content Manager for the Munk School’s Belt and Road in Global Perspective research initiative. 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, A Genealogy of Terrorism: Colonial Law and the Origins of an Idea, recently published by Cambridge University Press. His current project examines the relationship between insurgency, democracy, and emergency law in postcolonial India and Burma (Myanmar). His broader research and teaching interests include critical genealogies of terrorism, international relations in Asia, and the intersections between environmental studies and postcolonial conflict.


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


  • A Genealogy of Terrorism: Colonial Law and the Origins of an Idea (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
  • “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 48, no. 2 (2020).
  • “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.


CAS400H1: Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Contemporary Asian Studies
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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