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Dr Jamie Banks

Teaching Fellow in Medical History

Office: FAB 3.52

Office Hours: Thursdays, 10.00 - 12.00




My research is broadly interested in the history of drugs in the British Empire and post-colonial Britain. My current research explores the histories of cannabis, race, and mental illness in post-war Britain, with a specific interest in the social and health inequalities experienced by Black communities in the 1980s and 1990s. I'm also revising my PhD into a book manuscript for McGill-Queens University Press, which explores how indentured migrants created new markets for opium across the British empire.

Professional Affiliations



Bound by Opium: Migrants and Markets across the British Empire, 1834 - 1912 [Under contract with McGill-Queens University Press].


'Sterile Citizens' & 'Excellent Disbursers': Opium and the Representations of Indentured Migrant Consumption in British Guiana and Trinidad,' Slavery & Abolition [forthcoming].

Book Chapters:

'Ganja Madness: Cannabis, Insanity, and Indentured Labor in British Guiana and Trinidad, 1881 - 1912,' in Lucas Richert and James H. Mills (eds), Cannabis: Global Histories (MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass., 2021).

Book Reviews:

'The Indentured Archipelago: Experiences of Indian Labour in Mauritius and Fiji, 1871 - 1919,' Reviews in History, no. 2470 (2022).

'Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State by Radhika Mongia, and Singapore, Chinese Migration and the Making of the British Empire, 1819 - 67 by Stan Neal (Review)', Journal of World History, 32, no. 3 (2021), 552 -6.

Other Outputs:

'Cannabis, Race, and Mental Illness in Britain, 1980 - 1993,' Historical Transactions: Royal Historical Society Blog Online Resources, July 4 2021.