Leigh Gardner

Title and contact details

  • Dr Leigh Gardner
  • Assistant Professor, Economic History 
  • Room C322
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6427
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 7730
  • l.a.gardner@lse.ac.uk 

Research Interests

Economic and fiscal history of the British Empire, particularly Africa; political economy of medieval kingship, economic origins of political institutions.  

Current Research Projects

  • Paying for the British Empire: The Problem of Imperial Finance, 1760-1960
  • Money in Africa (with Max Bolt, Katie Eagleton and Karin Pallaver from the British Museum)
  • Human Development under Colonial Rule in Africa (with Alex Moradi from the University of Sussex)
  • Fiscal History of South Africa, 1652-1910 (with Estian Calitz, Johan Fourie, and Krige Siebrits from the University of Stellenbosch)

Current teaching

  • EH401 Historical Analysis of Economic Change
  • EH482 Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West Compared, c. 1000-1800
  • EH413 African Economic Development in Historical Perspective

Selected publications

  • Taxing Colonial Africa: The Political Economy of British Imperialism (forthcoming, Oxford University Press)
  •   'Decentralization and Corruption in Historical Perspective: Evidence from Tax Collection in British Colonial Africa', Economic History of Developing Regions 25: 2 (December 2010), pp. 213-36.
  •  'An Unstable Foundation: Taxation and Development in Kenya, 1945-63', in D. Branch, N. Cheeseman and L. Gardner (eds.), Our Turn to Eat: Politics in Kenya Since 1950 (Berlin,2010).
  •  D. Branch, N. Cheeseman and L. Gardner (eds.), Our Turn to Eat: Politics in Kenya Since 1950 (Berlin, 2010).
  •  'To Take or to Make? Contracting for Legitimacy in the Emerging States of Twelfth-Century Britain', Oxford University Discussion Papers in Economic and Social History 73 (2008).


Research Fellow, Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University

 Curriculum Vitae

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Leigh Gardner