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Charu Singh

Charu Singh

Adrian Research Fellow, Darwin College


I hold the Adrian Research Fellowship in the history of science at Darwin College, University of Cambridge. I earned my PhD (2016) at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and was Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar from 2016-17. My primary research interests are the history of language, knowledge/science, and culture in colonial South Asia. I am currently working on a book project which aims to provide a critical genealogy of the "scientific temper" in twentieth-century South Asia.

My current research and forthcoming articles focus on the production of South Asian vernaculars as languages of science in British India, and on the passage of scientific experiments into South Asian cultural and intellectual life.

I am interested in the history of astrology and meteorology; scientific languages, philology and lexicography; and scientific print, authorship, and publication.

Subject groups/Research projects

World History:

Departments and Institutes

Darwin College:

Research Interests

South Asia; history of knowledge and science; genre, language, and translation; cultures and technologies of print; gender and technology; concepts in circulation; colonialism and empire


I am affiliated with the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), the World History subject group of the Faculty of History, and the Centre of South Asian Studies (CSAS). At HPS, I have co-supervised MPhil students on research papers and am currently supervising an MPhil dissertation. At the History faculty, I have taught about type, technology and print culture; and on detective fiction and science fiction as literary experiments in colonial South Asia for the MPhil optional course Print Cultures in World History (2018-19, 2019-20).

In Lent 2020, I will convene 'Knowledge and Power in South Asia since 1700', an MPhil optional course at the Centre of South Asian Studies, which is open to students in World History. 

Other Professional Activities

With Harriet Lyon and Nicki Kindersley, I am a volunteer-member of the Early Career Researchers committee at the Faculty of History. 

With Mary Augusta Brazelton (HPS Cambridge), Elise Burton (Newnham College, Cambridge), and Shireen Hamza (Harvard), I convene an online working group on Decolonising the History of Science in Asia, hosted by the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Philadelphia. Further information available at


  • Histories of Colonialism