I am a historian of the British Empire and the Indian subcontinent. I write about the history of South Asians in Britain, the history of women’s rights in India, and the global effects of Indian migration.
My research investigates the migration of South Asian people during the time of empire. I am particularly interested in issues of representation, identity and nationalism. I study the ways migrants’ identities become politicised through travel. My work focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth century.
I was awarded my PhD (DPhil) from the University of Oxford in 2007. My PhD was about Indians who studied at British universities from 1904 to 1947, and their social and political impact on the Indian subcontinent. My book on this subject was published in 2009.
Immediately after my PhD I worked in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford on an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project called ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950’. The project focused on the impact of South Asian migration on British culture and the varied networks created between the British and South Asians between 1870 and 1950.
I have since held lectureship positions at the University of Glasgow and the University of Oxford. I have also taught at De Montfort University, the University of Cambridge, King’s College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science. I teach on topics relating to British history, British imperial history, diaspora, gender, public history, and South Asian history.
I am now Associate Professor (Reader) in Modern History, working in the History Department at the University of Bristol. My most recent book, on ‘Indian Suffragettes’, was published with Oxford University Press in April 2018.
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