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Professor Ian Talbot BA, MA, PhD, FHistR, FRAS

Emeritus Professor in History of Modern South Asia

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Professor Ian Talbot is a Professor in History of Modern South Asia at the University of Southampton.

My key interests are in the fields of the history of the colonial Punjab; the 1947 Partition of India and the history of Pakistan. I have published 10 monographs and three jointly written volumes in these areas, along with numerous book chapters and articles. My most recent publications are: ‘Punjab and the Raj’ (Manohar, 2020); ‘A History of Modern South Asia’ (Yale University Press 2016); ‘Colonial Lahore: A History of the City and Beyond’ (co-written with Tahir Kamran, Hurst 2016).

I am currently an elected Council member of the Royal Asiatic Society. I was previously Chair of the British Association for South Asian Studies (2011-14) and a Member of the British academy South Asian Panel (2011-16).

I have held visiting fellowships at the University of Warwick (2012-13), and Balliol College, Oxford (2003-4). Most recently (2018-19) I was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the South Asia Institute, Harvard University.


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Research interests

My research interests are focused in the following areas: the history of the colonial Punjab; the history of the 1947 Partition of India; the history of Pakistan; British diplomacy in Pakistan.

PhD supervision

South Asia

Rakesh Ankit, ‘Kashmir, 1945-1966: From Empire to Cold War’ awarded September 2015

Research project

I have recently completed a research project on the history of British diplomacy in Pakistan. This will be published as a monograph by Routledge in 2021. I have just begun research for a project on the environmental history of Pakistan. I have been awarded a Senior Visiting Research Fellowship at the South Asia Institute, Harvard University to commence this project full-time in 2021.

I am a member of the editorial board of Rivista italiana di storia internazionale. I am also a member of the Council of the Royal Asiatic Society. I have been providing independent research analysis for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 1999. My most recent consultancy was with the European Union as an Expert External Speaker at the European Asylum Support Office COI Specialist Network Meeting on Pakistan in Malta 19-20 November 2019.

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