About Thomas Kingston

Thomas Kingston is currently at University of California, Berkeley as a Berkeley Fellow where he is working on a PhD research in the Intellectual History and Political Economy of Southeast Asia. He holds an MA in Pacific Asian Studies from SOAS, University of London and an MPhil in Philosophy from Renmin University of China. His research interests focus on the histories of knowledge, power and capital in the East and Southeast Asian context.

Thomas Kingston is an early career scholar and a voracious reader (183 books in 2021). You can find his website at www.thomasekingston.com or reach him on twitter @thomasekingston

NBN Episodes hosted by Thomas:

Marc-William Palen, "Pax Economica: Left-Wing Visions of a Free Trade World" (Princeton UP, 2024)

March 23, 2024

Pax Economica

Marc-William Palen
Hosted by Thomas Kingston

A new economic history which uncovers the forgotten left-wing, anti-imperial, pacifist origins of economic cosmopolitanism and free trade from the mid…

Philip J. Stern, "Empire, Incorporated: The Corporations That Built British Colonialism" (Harvard UP, 2023)

June 26, 2023

Empire, Incorporated

Philip J. Stern
Hosted by Thomas Kingston

Philip Stern places the corporation―more than the Crown―at the heart of British colonialism, arguing that companies built and governed global empire, …

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson and Carl Wennerlind, "Scarcity: A History from the Origins of Capitalism to the Climate Crisis" (Harvard UP, 2023)

June 12, 2023


Fredrik Albritton Jonsson and Carl Wennerlind
Hosted by Thomas Kingston

Scarcity: A History from the Origins of Capitalism to the Climate Crisis (Harvard UP, 2023) is a sweeping intellectual history of the concept of econo…

Duy Lap Nguyen, "The Unimagined Community: Imperialism and Culture in South Vietnam" (Manchester UP, 2019)

July 25, 2022

The Unimagined Community

Duy Lap Nguyen
Hosted by Thomas Kingston

Duy Lap Nguyen's book The Unimagined Community: Imperialism and Culture in South Vietnam (Manchester UP, 2019) proposes a reexamination of the Vietnam…

Jeremy Friedman, "Ripe for Revolution: Building Socialism in the Third World" (Harvard UP, 2022)

March 24, 2022

Ripe for Revolution

Jeremy Friedman
Hosted by Thomas Kingston

In the first decades after World War II, many newly independent Asian and African countries and established Latin American states pursued a socialist …

Carl Erik Fisher, "The Urge: Our History of Addiction" (Penguin, 2022)

March 16, 2022

The Urge

Carl Erik Fisher
Hosted by Thomas Kingston

Even after a decades-long opioid overdose crisis, intense controversy still rages over the fundamental nature of addiction and the best way to treat i…

Mark Mazower, "The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe" (Penguin, 2021)

November 16, 2021

The Greek Revolution

Mark Mazower
Hosted by Thomas Kingston

In the exhausted, repressive years that followed Napoleon's defeat in 1815, there was one cause that came to galvanize countless individuals across Eu…

Linh D. Vu, "Governing the Dead: Martyrs, Memorials, and Necrocitizenship in Modern China" (Cornell UP, 2021)

November 5, 2021

Governing the Dead

Linh D. Vu
Hosted by Thomas Kingston

In Governing the Dead: Martyrs, Memorials, And Necrocitizenship in Modern China (Cornell UP, 2021), Linh D. Vu explains how the Chinese Nationalist re…

Lorenzo Veracini, "The World Turned Inside Out: Settler Colonialism As a Political Idea" (Verso, 2021)

October 5, 2021

The World Turned Inside Out

Lorenzo Veracini
Hosted by Thomas Kingston

Many would rather change worlds than change the world. The settlement of communities in 'empty lands' somewhere else has often been proposed as a solu…