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South Asia Department

Dr John Stevens


John Stevens
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia

Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Dr John Stevens
Email address:
+44(0) 20 7898 4648
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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John Stevens is a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow. He gained his PhD in History from UCL in 2011.

The main focus of his research is historical, utilising source materials in Bengali and English in order to promote an understanding of the histories of India and Britain which places them in regional, imperial and global contexts. His PhD focused on the ideas and activities of the Bengali Brahmo religious and social reformer Keshab Chandra Sen (1838-1884), and his interaction with a range of British intellectual, political and cultural figures.

He is currently working on two books: the first is a study of political theology in India and Britain in the nineteenth century; the second is a biography of Keshab Chandra Sen.

His research interests include: the interconnected histories of modern West Bengal, Bangladesh and Britain; comparative religion and political theology in India and Britain; postcolonial theory; the historical construction of gender, race, class and nation; social, cultural and transnational history. He is a regular visitor to India and Bangladesh for research purposes.