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Prof Crispin Bates

Personal Chair of Modern & Contemporary South Asian History

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Administrative Roles

Director, Centre for South Asian Studies (SPS)


I am a graduate of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, where I also completed my PhD on the social and economic history of colonial central India. I was first appointed to a lectureship in modern South Asian History at Edinburgh University in 1989. Previously, I held a Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge. I have also been a visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (1992), a Visiting Professor at Calcutta University, a JSPS Research Fellow at the Institute for Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo (2002-3), and a Visiting Professor (2009-10) at the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan.

I have a strong and highly successful track record in MSc and PhD training, supervising research students in diverse subjects relating to modern and contemporary South Asian (particularly Indian) history as well as more general topics in imperial, colonial and postcolonial history. I also organise and teach M.Sc. programmes on South Asia in the School of Social and Political Science.

Office Hours

Friday 11am-12.30pm; or by appointment




Research activities & awards

  1. 'Juxtapositions – Envisioning the Indian Labour Diaspora' Exhibition

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachFestival/Exhibition

  2. South Asia Overview

    Activity: External academic engagementInvited talk

  3. Indentured Lives: Rethinking the Experience of Indian Overseas Labour Migration, 1800-1920

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

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