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Dr Sumita MukherjeeBA(Dunelm), MSt(Oxon), PhD(Oxon)

Senior Lecturer in History

Sumita Mukherjee

Dr Sumita MukherjeeBA(Dunelm), MSt(Oxon), PhD(Oxon)

Senior Lecturer in History

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Office: Rm 1.01 26/27 St Michael's Park


Phone: (0117) 954 6972

Consultation Hours: TB2 (2018): Mondays 3-4pm; Wednesdays 10-11am

Twitter: @smukherjee_hist

My research focuses on the transnational mobility of South Asians in the imperial era (nineteenth and twentieth century) i.e. the movement of men and women from the Indian subcontinent to other parts of the world, and also the return back to India. Much of my attention has been on how travel and the colonial encounter for migrants in the British metropolis has had an effect on social and political identities including race, class, gender and religion. 

My first monograph, Nationalism, Education and Migrant Identities: The England-Returned, published in 2009, discussed the politicisation of Indian students at British universities in the early twentieth century and the impact their return to India had on the nationalist movement. I have since co-edited three books (all with colleagues who specialise in English Literature), and published a number of articles and chapters, interrogating the networks and reception to South Asian migrants in Britain, or on women's rights in the Indian subcontinent.

My next book will be published with Oxford University Press in 2018. The research was funded by an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship between 2015 and 2017. Indian Suffragettes: Female Identities and Transnational Networks looks at the activities of Indian campaigners for the female vote in Asia, Europe, USA, Britain and other parts of the British Empire, and how they had an impact on campaigns in the Indian subcontinent.

I have been interviewed on BBC radio and television in relation to my work on the history of South Asians in Britain. I was involved in the organisation of an exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, in March 2010, and a touring exhibition administered by the British Library from 2010-11, on South Asian contributions to British life, and was also one of the designers and editors of an online database on South Asians in Britain. I have worked with the Historical Association and Runnymede Trust, providing podcasts and web resources for schools relating to migration histories.

I have ongoing plans in knowledge exchange relating to my work on Indian suffragettes, in the build up to the 2018 centenary of the partial award of votes to women in Britain. More details on some of the articles and blogs I have written so far can be found on my personal website:

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. I am a member of the steering committee of the Women's History Network, a member of the editoral board for the journal Women's History Review, and a member of the editorial collective for the journal Gender & History.


Before coming to Bristol in 2016, I had taught at six other UK universities (Cambridge, De Montfort, Glasgow, King's College London, London School of Economics and Oxford). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I was external examiner for the MA in Cultural History at the University of Chichester from 2013 to 2017.

I teach on courses at all levels relating to the history of Britain, the British Empire, the Indian subcontinent, and social, gender and public history more broadly.

Research Supervision

I supervised two PhD students to completion at the University of Glasgow. One on postcolonial British business interests, the other on British influences on Indian fashion. I would be happy to supervise and advise students interested in doing PhDs in areas relating to nineteenth and twentieth century South Asia and the British Empire, or Black British History, with particular reference to migration, gender, representation, nationalism or identity. Please do get in touch to discuss ideas.

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