Catherine L. Evans
Fields of Study: Legal History; British Empire; History of Psychiatry
Advisor: Hendrik Hartog
I study law in the nineteenth-century British empire. I am particularly interested in questions of moral responsibility, insanity and capacity as they were debated by lawyers and medical experts in colonial courtrooms. I hope to explore how the common law, and the professionals who imagined and applied it, shaped and were shaped by the colonial experience.
I am originally from Montreal, Canada. I graduated from McGill University with a B.A. Hons. in History in 2008. I completed a second B.A., in Jurisprudence, at University College, Oxford in 2010. I am a co-organizer of the Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop (CIW). I also work for the Princeton Writing Program as a Writing Center Fellow.