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Dr Sunil Amrith

PhD, University of Cambridge (2005)
Reader in Modern Asian History

Contact details

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
Room 314
27 Russell Square
London
WC1B 5DQ

Email: s.amrith@bbk.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7631 6423
Personal website: http://sunilamrith.wordpress.com

Profile

  • 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. For more detail, please go to: http://sunilamrith.wordpress.com/
  • 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/
  • Teaching
  • 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.

Publications

  • Books
  • 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

Professional membership

  • American Historical Association

Honours and awards

  • European Research Council Starting Grant (890,000 Euros), 2012-17

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