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Dr Uttara Shahani

Dr Uttara Shahani

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of History,

Postdoctoral affiliate, Trinity College

Affiliate, Centre of South Asian Studies

Uttara Shahani is available for consultancy.


I hold a BA in law from the University of Cambridge, an MA in migration and law from Queen Mary, University of London, and a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. I am an ESRC postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. I am affiliated to the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, and am a postdoctoral research affiliate at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Research Interests

I am a historian of South Asia with a primary focus on Sindh and the Sindh diaspora. My PhD thesis was on Sindh and the partition of India. My current research is focused on the Sindh diaspora in the UK. More broadly, I work on histories of partitions, citizenship, refugees, migration, and ecumenical traditions of religious practice. 


I offer supervisions in the following papers of the Historical Tripos: 

Paper 21: Empires and World History from the Fifteenth Century to the First World War

Paper 23: World history since 1914

I am also able to supervise select topics for HAP



  • Histories of Colonialism
  • Imperial History
  • Global History
  • International History

Key Publications

  • ‘Refugee Legal Challenges to [the] Bombay Government’s Land Requisitioning Scheme,’ Economic and Political Weekly, (Special issue: ‘Nation-making in partitioned India’), January 2018.

Other Publications

  • A conversation with Harmony Siganporia on her book, I am the widow: an intellectual biography of Behramji Malabari (2018), for Chapati Mystery, the South Asian Public History Blog.
  • Chaar Chiraag Tere, [Your four lamps], BBC Urdu, February 2017.