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Faculty Profiles

James Bradford

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Academic Division: History & Society

Bio

James Bradford was awarded the John F. Richards Fellowship from the Afghanistan Institute of Afghanistan Studies to research the history of opium production, use, and trade in Afghanistan. His research led to the publication of his article, "Drug Control in Afghanistan: Culture, Politics, and Power during the 1958 Prohibition of Opium in Badakhshan," in the Journal of Iranian Studies (forthcoming, March 2015). His broader research interests include U.S. foreign policy, the illicit drug trade, and issues related to state building, globalization, and economic development in South Asia and the world. He also teaches classes on the global drug trade, human rights, political and social revolutions, South Asia, and U.S. foreign policy in the world at Berklee College of Music.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Northeastern University,
  • MA, Northeastern University,
  • BA, Colby College

Academic Interest / Expertise

History; International Drug Control; Illicit Economies; Opium; US Foreign Policy

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 — Babson College Undergraduate Faculty of the Year, Babson College
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2020

    • HSS 2025 DECOLONIZATION & REVOLUTION 20TH CENT
    • HSS 2010 THE US IN THE WORLD IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    • AHS 1000 CRIT INQUIRY: JUSTICE AND INEQUALITY
    • HIS 4612 DRUGS AND INTOXICANTS IN WORLD HIST (HIS
  • Degree Courses 2019

    • HSS 2025 DECOLONIZATION & REVOLUTION 20TH CENT
    • HIS 4612 DRUGS AND INTOXICANTS IN WORLD HISTORY
    • AHS 1000 AHS FOUNDATION
    • HSS 2010 THE US IN THE WORLD IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    • AHS 1000 AHS JUSTICE AND INEQUALITY
    • HIS 4611 BANDITS:CRIME AND PUNISHMENT THROUGH HIS

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Bradford, J.T. (2015). Drug Control in Afghanistan: Culture, Politics, and Power during the 1958 Prohibition of Opium in Badakhshan. Vol: 2, Issue: 48.

Books

  • Bradford, J.T. (2019). Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy: Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy. Cornell University. link

Book Chapters

  • Bradford, J.T. (2020). Global Drugs Today: the Shape of Word Consumption and Shifting Illicit Trades: Oxford Handbook of Global Drug History. Oxford University Press.

Other

  • Bradford, J.T. (2019). The Known Unknowns and the Unknown Knowns: The Hashish trade in Afghanistan. EchoGeo.

Presentations

  • The Poppy in Afghan History: Recasting the History of Drugs and Drug Control Bradford, J. SOAS History Symposium Series, SOAS, London, UK (2020)
  • POPPIES AS POWER: THE HISTORY OF DRUGS, DIPLOMACY, AND 20TH CENTURY AFGHANISTAN Bradford, J. Afghan History: Past, Present, and Future, Yale University (2019)
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