Professor Sujit Sivasundaram

  • College positions:
    College Lecturer in History
  • University positions:
    Professor of World History
  • Subjects: History


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'.



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).