Alastair is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department. He specializes in U.S. diplomatic, intellectual and economic history. His research deals with the political economy of the global opium trade during the 19th century, examining the intersection between drugs, immigration and the formation of capital markets. He is fascinated by how governments imagine, legislate and police the distinction between licit and illicit commerce—a perennially political process. Prior to coming to Stanford, Alastair worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School. He holds a B.A. in history from Harvard University.