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Dr A.-M. S. Misra

Associate Professor/University Lecturer in Modern History

Fellow of Keble College


Dr Misra teaches, writes and researches on the history of India and the British Empire. Her books include: Business, Race and Politics in Briitsh India (Oxford, 1998) andĀ Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India since the Great Rebellion (Penguin and Yale, 2007). She is currently working on a cultural history of Indian cities.

Dr Misra has also written and presented a 3-part TV series on Channel 4: An Indian Affair, exploring issues of race and culture in India in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. She has appeared in many TV and radio history documentaries, and on BBC's Question Time. She has written on issues of contemporary history and current affairs for Prospect, the New Stateman, the Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Global History.

Research Interests

  • TheĀ  history of British imperialism and colonialsm
  • The cultural and intellectual history of India

Recent Publications

  • 'From Nehruvian neglect to Bollywood heroes: the memory of the Raj in post war India' in Imperial Sites of Memory, ed. F. Muller and D. Geppert (Manchester University Press, 2013)
  • 'Indian aristocrats, British imperialists and 'Conservative Modernization' after the Great Rebellion' in Comparing Modern Empires, ed. U. Tomohiko (Sapporo: Slavic Research Centre, 2013)
  • 'Colonial Officers and Gentlemen: The British Empire and the Restoration of 'Tradition'' in Journal of Global Studies (2008)
  • Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India since the Great Rebellion (London: Penguin Press and Yale University Press, 2007)
  • Business, Race and Politics in British India (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1998)
  • 'Sergeant Major Gandhi: Indian Nationalism and Non-Violent Martiality' in Journal of Asian Studies, forthcoming

Academic Biography

  • Universty Lecturer in Modern History and Official Fellow and Tutor, Keble College Oxford (1996 - present)

College Contact Details

Dr A.-M. S. Misra
Keble College
Telephone: 01865 (2) 72732
Fax: 01865 272705

Faculty/Dept. Information

Faculty of History
George Street
Oxford OX1 2RL
United Kingdom