Dr Saurabh Mishra

Department of History

Senior Lecturer in History: post 1800

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Dr Saurabh Mishra
Department of History
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

I joined the History Department at the University of Sheffield in September 2012.

I read history at Delhi University, at Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), and completed my Ph.D. at University of Oxford (2008).

I subsequently held a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford for a project on disease, famines and livestock in colonial North India.

Research interests

I am currently working on a project on indentured labour in British Guiana which investigates the lives and experiences of indentured labourers through the lens of medical/health issues.

While the plantation economy has been studied by a number of historians, this project adopts a different perspective by focusing on the medical regime that labourers were subjected to.

My larger interests lie in exploring a range of themes connected with the social history of colonial and post-colonial South Asia.

More specifically, my focus areas till now have included the following: the history of science and medicine in the subcontinent, the nature of Islam in South Asia, the history of agrarian processes and structures, and the formation of colonial policies and ideologies.



Edited books

  • Mishra S (Ed.) (2017) Virtual Special issue on the History of Veterinary Medicine for the journal Social History of Medicine.. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Mishra S (2022) An Unequal Pandemic: Migration, the Hajj, and Hyper-Nationalism in Saudi Arabia, COVID-19 and a World of Ad Hoc Geographies (pp. 2587-2598). Springer Nature RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mishra S (2018) Hakims and Haiza: Unani medicine and cholera in late Colonial India In Pati B & Harrison M (Ed.), Society, Medicine and Politics in Colonial India (pp. 73-85). Abingdon: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mishra S (2016) 'Incarceration and Resistance in a Red Sea Lazaretto' in Alison Bashford (ed.) pp. 54-66 In Bashford A (Ed.), Quarantine: Local and Global Histories Palgrave, London RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mishra S (2008) ‘Beyond the bounds of time? The Haj pilgrimage from the Indian subcontinent, 1865–1920’ In Harrison M & Pati B (Ed.), Social history of health and medicine in colonial India (pp. 31-44). Abingdon: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mishra S () ‘Those Fantastic Creatures from the “Tropics”: The Myth and Science of Feral Children in the Imperial Metropoles, 1920-40’ In Hall A (Ed.), Evolution and Religion in Popular Media University of Pittsburgh, forthcoming in April 2023 RIS download Bibtex download


  • Mishra S (2023) BOOK REVIEWS: Authored more than twenty book reviews in journals such as Gender and History, Isis, History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, South Asia Research, south Asian History and Culture, Social Scientist, Biblio, Medical History, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Contemporary South Asia, Social History of Medicine, amongst others.. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Research supervision

Completed Students
  • Apurba Chatterjee (second supervisor) - Images of Empire: A Study of Visual Representations in Early British India c.1757-1820

All current students


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Teaching activities


  • HST265 - The Making of Modern India, 1780-1965
  • HST3132/33 - Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
  • HST3304 - Debt, Money and Morality


  • HST6069 - Worlds of Labour: Working Class Lives in Colonial South Asia
Professional activities and memberships

Previous administrative roles:

  • Dissertation Coordinator.
  • Study Abroad and Erasmus Advisor