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Dr Sujit Sivasundaram

  • College positions:

    College Lecturer in History

  • University positions:

    Reader in World History; Director of the MPhil in World History

  • Subject:

BA (1997), MPhil (1998), PhD (2001), all University of Cambridge

Awards and Prizes:

Philip Leverhulme Prize (for early-career contributions to research in the UK, 2012)

Sackler Caird Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum

Fellow and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society

Research interests: 
World history, especially the history of the Pacific and Indian oceans and its islands; the history of race; global histories of science, medicine, technology, the environment, anthropology and archaeology; the history of the British Empire, c.1780-1840. Currently writing Revolutionary Empire: The rise of the British Empire in the Oceans of the South, c.1780-1840. Co-editor, The Historical Journal.

Teaching interests: 
History Part I: World history papers, History Part II: Specified papers, '"Islands and Beaches": The Pacific and Indian Oceans in the Long Nineteenth Century' and 'History of the Indian Subcontinent since 1750'.

Publications include:

Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013; and New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, paperback 2011).

With Marwa Elshakry, eds. Science, Race and Imperialism in Victorian Science and Literature, Vol. 6 (London: Chatto and Pickering, 2012).

Introduction and essay entitled Sciences and the Global: On Methods, Questions and Theory for forum of essays edited by S. Sivasundaram with title Global histories of science in Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society (2010).

With Rohan Deb Roy eds., forum of essays with the title, Nonhuman empires and own essay titled Imperial Transgressions: The Animal and Human in the Idea of Race in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2015).