Islam in South Asia; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Indo-Persianate sociocultural history; transnational non-Western history; activism and social movements.
The history of Buddhist societies in South and Southeast Asia and of culture, technology, and warfare in colonial Africa and Asia
Early colonial South African history; slavery and emancipation in the Cape Colony
History of precolonial South Asia, in particular Muslim polities and societies; the Deccan, 1300-1700; South Asia and the early modern Muslim world.
China, Social and Cultural History; The Early Press and the History of Communication; Environmental History
Lecturer in the Department of History
I am a feminist historian of the British Empire, focussing on the life worlds and experiences of colonised peoples. Tackling the central role of the discipline of modern history in constructing myths of the superiority of white man, my research and writing develops methodologies for analysing intersecting gender, race and class oppressions by engaging colonised peoples’ intellectual traditions.
Popular religions in early modern China (16th-20th cc); Christianity in china (18th-20th cc); Opium and other narcotics (18th-20th cc); Manchu history (16th-20th cc)
History of modern South Asia, particularly the transition to independence; gender, family and law in colonial and post-colonial India
Modern West African history, especially social and gender history of Western Mali, history of West African slavery and emancipation.
Pre-Twentieth Century West Central African history; slavery, racial thinking and colonialism; legal, labor and social history
Medieval Arabic Intellectual History; medieval Arabic philosophy; medieval Islamic theology, especially kalam; ethical theory; the Islamic manuscript tradition.
Nineteenth and twentieth century social and intellectual history, particularly of the Bombay Presidency; communalism and nationalism in India; debates around secularism and religious intolerance
Postcolonial Theory, Critical Political Economy, Islamic Studies, African Studies, Middle East Studies, Ottoman History, Legal History, Science and Technology Studies, Histories of Capitalism, Anthropologies of Debt and Neoliberalism.
History of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism; pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period
The modern economic and political history of South East Asia; the economic impact of the inter-war depression on South East Asia
History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
Pre-modern Islamic and Middle Eastern history; the origins and early development of Islam in the Middle East
Islam in South Asia; Mughal history; Muslim-Christian relations
The history of modern South Asia; early Calcutta, c.1780-1830, Indian agrarian history, especially Bihar and Eastern India.
Tropical Africa, c. 1850 -1960; historiography of Africa