Farid Azfar is a cultural historian of the Enlightenment, specializing in London, empire, and sexuality, with additional interests in rivers, time, the Indian Ocean World, and queer theory. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles in The Journal of British Studies, Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, The London Journal, and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. He is currently at work on a book entitled Contrary Winds: The Disappearance of the Royal George and the Furthest Depths of the South Sea Company. At Swarthmore, he has taught courses on early modern Europe, the history of London, the East India Company, the global Enlightenment, the history of the body, and a first-year seminar on the history of human rights. This fall, he is co-teaching "Histories of Water" with Erica Cho, and in the Spring he will be co-teaching the Interpretation Theory capstone seminar "Discipline + Culture" with Rachel Buurma. This year, he is also teaching "London Beyond Control" (Fall 2014) and an honors seminar "European Intellectual History: Pathways to the Enlightenment" (Spring 2015). He has a doctorate in History from Brown University and came to Swarthmore from Haverford College, where he was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of History from 2010-12.