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Dr Tim Riding
Teaching and Scholarship Lecturer in Early Modern British History


BA (Southampton), MA (King’s College London), PhD (Queen Mary)

Tim is a historian of early modern colonialism. He is particularly interested in the historical geography of colonialism in Asia. He teaches early modern British history in the department. 

Tim completed his PhD at Queen Mary in 2018 on the English East India Company. Before coming to York, he taught at several London universities (Queen Mary, UCL, LSE and City).


Tim’s research concentrates on how early modern colonial spaces — such as trading outposts, forts and settlements — were constructed, conceived of and controlled from a distance. His PhD thesis examined this in relation to the English East India Company. It encompassed a range of topics: cartographic history; investment in the built environment; town planning and the treatment of urban space; environmental history; corporate conceptions of territory and sovereignty; and early modern geographical understandings of networks. 

Tim is increasingly interested in colonial failure and the divergence between expectations and reality. He is currently developing a comparative research project on the Dutch and English East India Companies’ (mis)use of forts. 



Captives and Captors: The English Overseas, 1485–1688 (first year Period Topic module)

The Tudor Regime: Power, Propaganda and Faith, 1485–1603 (second year Histories and Contexts module)

Sickness and Health in Early Modern England (second year Explorations module)

Possession: Objects and Ownership in Early Modern England (third year Special Subject)


The Company-State: The East India Company, 1600–1773 (MA option module)

Things in History: Researching Material Culture (MA skills module)

Contact details

Dr Tim Riding
Teaching and Scholarship Lecturer
Vanbrugh College, V/A/224A
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 3606, External (01904) 323606

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