Dr Sunil Amrith
On research leave 2014/15
PhD, University of Cambridge (2005)
Reader in Modern Asian History
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
27 Russell Square
Tel: 020 7631 6423
- Sunil Amrith is a historian of modern South Asia, with a particular interest in South Asia’s inter-regional and global connections. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in History from the University of Cambridge.
Research and teaching
- Research interests
- Sunil Amrith’s research focuses on the movement of people, ideas, and institutions between South and Southeast Asia. His recent work has been on the Bay of Bengal as a region of cultural and political interaction, focusing on the history of migration, and on environmental history.
- Sunil has been awarded a “Starting Grant” of 890,000 Euroas by the European Research Council to support a new project on the environmental history of the Bay of Bengal littoral. “Coastal Frontiers: Water, Power and the Boundaries of South Asia” will run from 2012 to 2017: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/history/coastalfrontiers/
- Sunil Amrith teaches a range of undergraduate and Master’s courses on South Asian history, Southeast Asian history, British imperial history, world history, environmental history, and the history of migration.
- Sunil will be on research leave from Birkbeck between January 2012 and January 2017 to work on his European Research Council-funded project. However, he will continue to accept new doctoral students during this time
- PhD supervision
- Sunil Amrith welcomes enquiries from prospective research students interested in working on many aspects of modern Indian, Southeast Asian or global history.
- Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants (Harvard University Press, 2013)
- Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
- Decolonizing International Health: India and Southeast Asia, 1930-65 (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006
- Articles and chapters
- ‘Sites of Asian interaction’, Special Issue, Modern Asian Studies, 46, 2 (2012), ed. with Tim Harper, including 'Sites of Asian Interaction: An Introduction’, pp. 249-56
- 'Indians Overseas? Governing Tamil Migration to Malaya, 1870-1941', Past and Present, number 208 (August 2010), pp. 231-61
- 'Tamil Diasporas across the Bay of Bengal', American Historical Review, 114, 3 (June 2009), pp. 547-72
- 'Food and Welfare in India, c. 1900-1950', Comparative Studies in Society and History, 50, 4 (2008), pp. 1010-1035
- For a full bibliography, see http://sunilamrith.wordpress.com
- American Historical Association
Honours and awards
- European Research Council Starting Grant (890,000 Euros), 2012-17