Matthew Wormer is a historian of modern Britain and the British Empire. His dissertation is a study of the relationship between liberal economic thought and the British East India Company’s opium trade in South and East Asia. It explores how new ideas about consumption, commodification, and exchange reshaped the Company’s approach to the production and sale of opium during the Age of Revolutions. Before coming to Stanford, Matthew completed an M.A. at Yale University, where he submitted a thesis on the politics of luxury consumption in the mid-18th century British Empire, and a B.A. in history at Fordham University.