Tim Harper is Chair of the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, and Associate Director of the Centre for History and Economics. He is also Associate Director of the Centre for History and Economics, Professor of the History of Southeast Asia, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Magdalene College. His research interests centre on the history of modern Southeast Asia and the region's global connections.
His first book was a study of the end of empire in Malaya, in its social as well as political aspects. He has written, with the late Christopher Bayly, a two-volume account of the Second World War and its aftermath in South and Southeast Asia. His most recent work has focussed on how the history of localities and local political events are shaped by a global consciousness and transnational networks. At the Centre of History and Economics he has co-convened, with Sunil Amrith, research projects on 'Sites of Asian Interaction: Networks, Ideas, Archives’; 'The Transnational History of Health in Southeast Asia, 1914-2014’, and was a partner in the EU-FP7 project, ‘SEATIDE: Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion’. Tim Harper is also a Syndic of Cambridge University Press, a member of the Executive Committee of Modern Asian Studies and co-editor of the book series, ‘Asian Connections’ (Cambridge University Press). He has held visiting research positions at the University of Malaya, the Institute of Southeast Asia Studies, Singapore, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tufts University, Harvard University, and as Visiting Professor in Asian Studies, Centre Asie, Sciences Po, Paris.