Kirk W. McLeod attended the State University of New York at New Paltz, completing his undergraduate degree with a dual concentration in French and History. His Bachelor's thesis challenged the traditional narrative of Dutch national history through an examination of discourses of rights, property, and sovereignty circulating between the Hapsburg Empire and the Dutch Republic during the Eighty Years' War. He went on to receive a Master's Degree from King's College London during which he focused on the history of the British Empire, colonial and postcolonial Brazil, and the emergence of racism as a global phenomenon. His Master's dissertation, for which he received a grade of distinction, catalogued Jamaica's migrated archives in order to track how decolonization unfolded in the Anglophone Caribbean in the context of the Cold War. Kirk’s current interests include the histories of the Atlantic World, Africa, and South Asia from the early modern to the modern period, with a particular thematic focus on the political economy of capitalism, imperialism, colonization, decolonization, jurisprudence, intellectual history, and the history of science.