Dr Saurabh Mishra
Department of History
Senior Lecturer in History: post 1800
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Department of History
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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.
- Beastly Encounters of the Raj: Livelihoods, Livestock and Veterinary Health in North India, 1790-1920. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
- Pilgrimage, Politics, and Pestilence: The Haj from the Indian Subcontinent, 1860-1920. New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press.
- Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery. ISIS, 109(3), 614-615.
- Peter Hobbins. Venomous Encounters: Snakes, Vivisection and Scientific Medicine in Colonial Australia. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 73(3), 370-372.
- History writing, anthropomorphism, and birdwatching in colonial india. History Compass, 15(8), e12404-e12404.
- Bacteriology in British India: Laboratory Medicine and the Tropics. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 70(2), 318-320.
- Introduction: Veterinary History comes of Age. Social History of Medicine(Special Issue).
- Of Poisoners, Tanners and the British Raj: Cattle Poisoning and the Making of the Chamar Caste in Colonial North India, 1850-1880. Indian Economic and Social History Review, 48(3), 317-338.
- Cattle, Dearth and the Colonial State: Famine in Livestock in India, 1896-1900’, published in advanced access in Journal of Social History. Journal of Social History, 46(4), published in advanced access, page numbers will be.
- Sandhya L. Polu, Infectious Disease in India, 1892–1940: Policy-Making and the Perception of Risk (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 229, £55.00, hardback, ISBN: 9780230354609.. Medical History, 57(2), 301-302.
- Materials and Medicine: Trade, Conquest and Therapeutics in the Eighteenth Century - By Pratik Chakrabarti. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 35(3), 456-457.
- The Economics of Reproduction: Horse Breeding in Early Colonial India, 1790-1840. Modern Asian Studies, 46(05), 1116-1144.
- Beasts, Murrains, and the British Raj: Reassessing Colonial Medicine in India from the Veterinary Perspective, 1860-1900. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 85(4), 587-619.
- HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE OF MILITARY PERSONNEL IN COLD CLIMATIC ENVIRONMENT OF THE WESTERN HIMALAYAS. Medical Journal Armed Forces India, 57(4), 322-325.
- Society, Medicine and Politics in Colonial India Routledge
- The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India Routledge
- Nandini Bhattacharya, Contagion and Enclaves: Tropical Medicine in Colonial India. Social History of Medicine, 27(1), 175-177.
- Srirupa Prasad, Cultural Politics of Hygiene in India, 1890–1940: Contagions of Feeling. Social History of Medicine, hkw109-hkw109.
- Research group
- Completed Students
- Apurba Chatterjee (second supervisor) - Images of Empire: A Study of Visual Representations in Early British India c.1757-1820
- 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
Previous administrative roles:
- Dissertation Coordinator.
- Study Abroad and Erasmus Advisor