Anne L. Foster

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Anne L. Foster

Anne L. Foster is the Roosevelt Visiting Professor at the RIAS in the Fall of 2019. 

Although this is Anne L. Foster’s first time in Middelburg, she has previously lived for short periods in the Netherlands to conduct research and write. She has always been interested in transnational and international histories of colonialism in Southeast Asia, and her work draws on sources in Britain, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States. She has published on the interwar period in Southeast Asia, mostly notably her book Projections of Power: The United States and Europe in Colonial Southeast Asia, 1919-1941 (Duke, 2010). More recently, she has been working on a project about the transnational and international sources of changes in opium policy and consumption in Southeast Asia from the late 19th to the mid-20th century.

While at the RIAS this fall, Foster will participate in several of the Institute’s activities. She will provide a lecture at Leiden, titled “Ends of Empire: The United States, Europe and Southeast Asia, 1912-1961” and teach a master class on the historiography of US empire. She is primarily writing her book tentatively titled The Long War on Drugs, but will also be conducting research about US-Dutch relations about narcotics control for her other on-going book project, tentatively titled The State of Opium: Transnational Influences on Narcotics Policy in Southeast Asia.

Professor Foster has taught at Indiana State University, in Terre Haute, Indiana since 2003, and before that taught at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, North Hampshire. She also currently serves as co-editor of Diplomatic History, a position she has held since 2014. Diplomatic History is the premier journal in the United States for the study of the history of US foreign relations. In addition to Projections of Power, she has published articles in International History Review, Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, and Journal of the Canadian Historical Association as well as book chapters in Colonial Crucible, edited by Alfred McCoy and Francisco Scarano, Connected Histories, edited by Christopher Goscha and Christian Ostermann, and Powering up the Global, edited by Kristin Hoganson and Jay Sexton.