Sujit Sivasundaram is the Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies, Professor of World History in the Faculty of History and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He works on the Indo-Pacific world, with a deep commitment to South and Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. His last book was 'Islanded', on the makings of Sri Lanka. He is co-editor of 'The Historical Journal' and a Councillor of the Royal Historical Society.
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Dr Patrick Clibbens is an Affiliate Teacher at the Centre. He is College Lecturer and Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge. He works on the political history of post-Independence India and its diaspora. His published articles have examined the Indian Emergency of 1975-77 through the lenses of political history, urban history and diaspora politics.
Phone: 01223 338095
Michael Edwards is a Smuts Research Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies. An anthropologist interested in questions of religion, media, and democracy, he received his PhD from the LSE in 2019. He’s currently writing a book about the work of translation in encounters between Pentecostalism and Buddhism amidst Myanmar’s fraught political transition. His next project – involving fieldwork in the highlands of Myanmar and in the American heartland – will explore issues of migration, faith, and populism.
Phone: 01223 338088
Luna Sabastian is Smuts Research Fellow for 2019 to 2021, a position she assumed after completing a PhD thesis on “Indian Political Thought and German Fascism, ca. 1918 to 1950.” With a background in Religious Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and finally History, her past research includes work on Hindutva. Her current research explores themes of race, caste, and gender in Indian nationalist thought, which, she hypothesises, had relevance much beyond the subcontinent.
Phone: 01223 338088
Rachel Rowe is the Smuts Librarian for South Asian and Commonwealth Studies. She is Librarian of the Centre of South Asian Studies and the Royal Commonwealth Society collections in the University Library. She usually works in the Centre of South Asian Studies on Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday afternoons.
Phone: 01223 338094
Barbara Roe is the Centre's Administrator and also oversees the running of the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies.
Phone: 01223 768062
Kevin Greenbank is the Centre's Archivist. He has worked at the Centre since 1999, developing, in particular, the digital presentation of the archive collections.
Phone: 01223 768061