Aaron Windel

Assistant Professor
Office: AQ 6239
Email: awindel@sfu.ca



I grew up in the middle west of the United States and did my undergraduate degree at a small college in the Ozark mountains of the U.S. South.  I received my PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2010.  Before coming to SFU, I taught in New England at Bowdoin College and the University of Massachusetts.

Research Interests

Political and social history of modern Britain; the British Empire; the history of media and technology; rural economics and colonial development.


"Mass Education, Cooperation, and the 'African Mind'" in Modernization as Spectacle in Africa, Miescher, Bloom, Manuh, eds.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press (2014)

"The Early Roots of Liberal Imperialism: 'The science of a legislator' in eighteenth-century India" [with Anna Clark], Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 14, no. 2 (Summer 2013)

“Cooperatives and the Technocrats; or, 'the Fabian Agony Revisited'” in Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation Building between the Wars, Beers and Thomas, eds. London: Institute of Historical Research (2012)

“The Bantu Educational Kinema Experiment and the Political Economy of Community Development,” in Empire and Film, Grieveson and MacCabe, eds. London: Palgrave/British Film Institute (2011)

“Education in British Colonial Africa: Policy and Practice in the Era of Trusteeship” History Compass (December 2008)

Teaching Interests

I teach classes on Britain and Ireland since the eighteenth century, the First World War, European imperialism, industrial-era utopias/dystopias, and the history of media and politics in modern Europe.


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