Anjali Datta

Dr Anjali Bhardwaj-Datta

BA (Hons) MA MPhil PhD

  • Position Governing Body Fellow
  • School Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department History
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A Historian of twentieth century South Asia, Anjali’s research focuses on transnational histories of migration, decolonisation, gender and urbanisation. Her current research which is jointly funded by the Isaac Newton Trust and the Leverhulme Trust investigates a history of gendered informality in Modern South Asia.

Anjali Datta

Anjali obtained her PhD as a Gates Scholar in History from Trinity College, Cambridge. Her thesis was awarded the prestigious Ellen MacArthur Prize in Economic History by the Faculty of History. After that she joined the Centre of South Asian Studies, Department of POLIS, as an Early Career Fellow, where her research is jointly funded by the Isaac Newton Trust and the Leverhulme Trust.

As a World Historian at Cambridge, she is particularly interested in modern and contemporary socio-economic history, urban history and gender history. She is currently finishing a book manuscript, War, Migration and Decolonisation in India, c. 1939-1965 and has two other ongoing projects. One is the Leverhulme project on Gendered informality and urban change in South Asia, and the other is a new international collaboration on women, feminism and nation-building. She advises students on different aspects of World History and South Asian History, is a College Mentor, and Co-convenor of Wolfson College Humanities Society. She is deeply engaged with ‘decolonising the curriculum’ and women’s rights movement in India and beyond. She has two forthcoming articles in early 2019 in Modern Asian Studies and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.