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Professor Crispin Bates

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Crispin Bates MA, PhD, FRAS, FRHS

Professor of Modern and Contemporary South Asian History


Director, Centre for South Asian Studies (SPS)

Room 1.23, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

Telephone: 0131 650 3765
Fax: 0131 650 3784
Other contacts: Twitter ID: crispinbates
Office hours: Currently on leave

Affiliated research centres

Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, Centre for South Asian Studies


I am a graduate of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, where I also completed my PhD on the social and economic history of colonial central India. I was first appointed to a lectureship in modern South Asian History at Edinburgh University in 1989. Previously, I held a Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge. I have also been a visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (1992), a Visiting Professor at Calcutta University, a JSPS Research Fellow at the Institute for Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo (2002-3), and a Visiting Professor (2009-10) at the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan.

I have a strong and highly successful track record in MSc and PhD training, supervising research students in diverse subjects relating to modern and contemporary South Asian (particularly Indian) history as well as more general topics in imperial, colonial and postcolonial history. I also organise and teach M.Sc. programmes on South Asia in the School of Social and Political Science.

External appointments

Director, Edinburgh University Centre for South Asian Studies

Member of the modern and medieval history review college of the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Series Editor, Routledge Edinburgh South Asian Studies and Routledge New Horizons in South Asian Studies

Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Member of the Editorial Board for the journal History Compass

Member of the Advisory Board of the journals Rethinking History and South Asian Diaspora

Member of the Indian Association of Labour Historians, the British Association for South Asian Studies, and the European Association for South Asian Studies

Previous editor of the 'South Asia' series published by Anthem Press, and the series 'New Historical Perspectives on Migration' published by Leicester University Press.

Makes regular appearances, discussing current events in South Asia on BBC. TV and Radio.

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