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Dr Padma Anagol BA, MA, MPhil, PhD (Lond.)

Dr Padma Anagol

BA, MA, MPhil, PhD (Lond.)

Reader in History (Study Leave 2022/23)

+44 (0)29 2087 6498
+44 (0)29 2087 4929
5.34, John Percival Building


Research interests

  • Women's agency and subjectivities in colonial India
  • Hindu Right Wing Movements and Women's roles
  • Theory, Historiography and Periodisation of Modern India
  • Material Cultures, Consumption and Indian Middle Classes


Education and qualifications

BA History, Economics and English Literature (University of Mysore, India)

MA Modern and Contemporary Indian History (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

MPhil International Relations (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

PhD School of Oriental and African Studies, (University of London, 1995)

Career overview

1993-95 Lecturer, South Asian History, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK

1995-Present Senior Lecturer in History, Dept of History/Welsh History, Cardiff University

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AHRC (UK) One year Research Leave Award (2005-6).

Indian Council of Social Science Research, Delhi. A 5 year scholarship awarded in 1987 for a PhD in History. I declined this in favour of the Commonwealth Scholarship.

ACU Commonwealth Scholarship for PhD programme in Modern Indian History at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in September 1987.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Social History Society, UK (2006 - )
  • Women's History Network, U.K (1994 - )
  • American Association of Asian Studies, USA (1994 – 2000)
  • British Association of South Asian Studies, (1991 - )
  • London Library, UK, (2000 – 06)
  • Royal Asiatic Society, London (1998 – 2009)
  • Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London, (1995-2006)
  • The Nehru Centre, High Commission of India, London (1994 – 2008)

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

  • Plenary Address: '"In the interest of the nation ":   Women's role and participation in the birth of the Hindu Right in colonial India.', Conference on 'Women, State and Nation: Creating Gendered Identities', Cardiff University, 7-9 September 2012.
  • 'Race, Religion & Gender: A nineteenth-century Indian woman's treatise and the dominant themes of modern Indian history', Centre for the History of Medicine Seminar Series. 7 Dec. 2010, Warwick University, UK
  • Chair of Panel, 'Narratives of Enslavement and Empowerment: Representing Gender, Family, Community, Race and Nation in Colonial India', BASAS Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 30-3-2009 to 1-04-09.
  • Keynote Address, 'Indian Women and the Growth of the Hindu Right at the turn of the century', 09-05-09, LEARN, Cardiff University.
  • 'What women did for Gandhi?' Invited Talk, Howell's School, Cardiff.16-03-08.
  • Plenary Lecture, 'Women's agency and historical change in modern India'. Invitation of and hosted by Social History Society of the UK, Annual Conference of Social History Society held at University of Exeter, 30 March to 1 April 2007.
  • 'Periodization, agency and change in Indian gender and women's history', Paper at Gender and Change' workshop hosted by Gender and History Journal at Christ College, University of Cambridge, 16-18 April 2007.
  • 'Britishness and Indianness: Indian Women's Perceptions of the Raj', Invited Talk at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 13 Apr.2005.












I welcome undergraduate students interested in gaining an in-depth knowledge of Modern South Asia with specific reference to Modern Indian history. The contents of the courses can be found below:

Undergraduate year one modules

Undergraduate year two modules

Undergraduate year three modules


I welcome postgraduate students to work with me on aspects of British imperial history in relation to race, sexuality, women and gender. The courses listed below give a flavour of the contents and substance of the MA in Asian History. Students can also combine Modern China and Modern India in this particular pathway: MA in Asian History

  • Modern India, 1757-1947: Gender and Women's History - 20 credits (HST631)
  • Modern India, 1757-1947: Political and Social History - 20 credits (HST661)
  • Sources for New Imperial Histories - 10 credits (HST819)
  • Indian Gender and Women's History: Sources and Interpretation - 10 credits (HST820)
  • Historiographical Study I: Key themes - 10 credits (HST698)
  • Historiographical Study II: Key debates - 10 credits (HST699)
  • Historical Theory and Historical Methods - 30 credits (HST644)
  • Key Research Skills - 10 credits (HST643)

Postgraduate supervision

Suitably qualified doctoral students are very welcome to apply to study their PhD with me. Themes and topics that cover broadly British Imperial History in relation to India and the political, social and cultural history of Modern and Contemporary India. Knowledge of Indian languages is an asset but not compulsory. A flavour of the kind of topics and themes from completed and on-going research projects and a list of students working with me is given below.

Doctoral students

  • Ved Prakash BARUAH

Title:  'Opium-eaters and Opium Peddlers: Cultural Manifestations of Opium in Northeast India and its Echoes in a Transnational Age, 1750–1950', (Start date: April 2012). Candidate holds a SHARE Studentship.

  • Ceri-Anne FIDLER

Title: 'Lascars, c.1850 – 1950: the lives and identities of Indian seafarers in Imperial Britain and India', (Completed Jan 2010). Candidate was an AHRC Award holder and held a post doc fellowship titled 'Power Fellowship' at the Economic History Society, UK from 2010-2011.

  • Sohini DASGUPTA

Title: 'Contending Authenticities: Representations of 'Hindu Custom' in Late Nineteenth century Colonial Bengal'.  (Completed March 2010, External Examiner)

  • Kieth D WHITE

Title: 'Pandita Ramabai (1858-1922): A Re-Evaluation of her Life and Work.' [Completed 2003]

Current Research Projects

  • Indian Women Patriots on Caste, Community, Race and the Political Economy of Nationalism
  • Critical edition and translation of three volumes containing the eye witness accounts of Kannadiga participants in the Indian national movement

Research networks

I am a member of the following interdisciplinary networks:


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