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Crispin Bates

Personal Chair of Modern & Contemporary South Asian History

Willingness to take PhD 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 outputs

  1. Migration in the time of empire

    Research output: Other contribution

  2. 'Time gentlemen': Bangalore and its drinking cultures

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Eine Geschichte des Versagens: Die kaum erzählte Seite der Teilung

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationSpecial issue

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Research activities & awards

  1. Migration, the End of Empire, and the Re-ethnicisation of Nations in the Indian Ocean Region

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Global Conference on Indian Diaspora

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. A Hundred Years of the End of the Indian Indentureship

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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