Anna Winterbottom


Anna Winterbottom works on the early modern Indian Ocean region and the European colonial presence there. She is particular interested in the history of medicine, science, and environment. Her current research focuses on multi-directional exchanges of materia medica and healing objects, ideas, and practices around the Indian Ocean region between 1500 and 1800 CE.

Anna currently teaches Indian Ocean World History at Carleton University and will be a visiting fellow at the European University Institute during spring 2019. Anna studied at the universities of Oxford (BA) and London (MA, PhD) in the UK. She first came to Canada in 2012 for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Indian Ocean World Centre in McGill and held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for World Environmental History at the University of Sussex between 2014 and 2018.

She is the author of Hybrid Knowledge in the Early East India Company World (Palgrave, 2016) and the co-editor of Histories of Medicine and Healing in the Indian Ocean World (Palgrave 2015) and The East India Company and the Natural World (Palgrave, 2014). In 2017, she won the J. Worth Estes Prize of the American Society for the History of Medicine for her journal article, ‘Of the China Root: a Case Study of the Early Modern Circulation of Materia Medica’, published in Social History of Medicine.