My current research project, “Democracy and State Direction: Practical Experiments in Political Economy,” is about economic citizenship and decolonization. It uses the curious and virtually unstudied story of ubiquitous agricultural co-operatives in last decades of the British Empire to ask how the co-operative became a method for producing a certain type of economic citizen. Case studies include Irish co-operative creameries, the colonial coffee industry in Tanganyika, and dairy co-operatives in Gujarat. Placing British experiments in the company of Soviet collectivization, Brazil’s estado novo, and the New Deal in the United States, it provides a new framework for understanding how current ideas about international development, including the primacy of the market and the centrality of the individual entrepreneur, came to be enshrined. In addition, I am working on a side project on a group of friends centered around detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) who were among the first women to earn degrees from Oxford University.