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.



Journal articles


Book reviews

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


Find out more about PhD study in History

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