Gili Kliger is a Ph.D. candidate in history and a teaching fellow in social studies at Harvard University. She studies the history of
Western empires from the early modern period to decolonization, with a particular focus on the
British, French, and U.S. empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her dissertation, entitled "Colonial Reformation: Religion, Empire, and the Origins of Modern Social Thought," explores the way key
figures in the history of the social sciences – Émile Durkheim, Marcel Mauss, and Claude Lévi Strauss – drew on colonial, ethnographic material in formulating new ideas about the social world.