Research Team

Our research network is continuously expanding: we had a number of new participants at our recent conference, and we encourage those working on similar issues to contribute a post to our blog.  The research network is led by:

Team leaders:

Su Lin Lewis is a Lecturer at the University of Bristol specializing in global history, comparative urban history, gender, and decolonisation in modern Southeast Asia.  Her new book is Cities in Motion: Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia, 1920-1940.

Carolien Stolte is a Lecturer at the University of Leiden who has published widely on South Asia and global history, from early interactions with the Dutch East India Company to decolonisation, pan-Asianism, and trans-regional intellectual history.

Original Research Team:

Ajlai Basu is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of California – Berkeley examining Asianist ideologies and transnational activism in the Indian women’s movement.

Ruth Bush is a Lecturer in French at the University of Bristol specialising in Francophone African literature and cultural history. She is the author of Publishing Africa in French: Literary Institutions and Decolonization 1945-1967.

Philmon Ghirmai is a Doctoral Candidate at Heidelberg University/ University of Basel examining transnational networks of African independence.

Leslie James Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Birmingham specializing in the political and intellectual history of Africa and the African diaspora. She is the co-editor of Decolonization and the Cold War: Negotiating Independence and author of George Padmore and Decolonization from Below: Pan-Africanism, the Cold War, and the End of Empire.

Hanna Jansen is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Amsterdam examining Orientalism and transnational intellectual networks in the Soviet World.

Rachel Leow is a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge specializing in modern Chinese and Southeast Asian history, British imperialism and the Cold War in Asia, world history. Her new book is Taming Bable: Language in the Making of Modern Malaya.

Gerard McCann is a Lecturer at the University of York specializing in transnational and global history in Africa and South Asia, particularly (East) Africa-India relations. He is the co-editor of India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power.

Swapna Kona Nayudu is a CIS Fellow at the London School of Economics specializing in non-alignment and international relations in India and the world.

Ali Raza is Assistant Professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences and Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, specializing in the social and intellectual history of radical movements in modern South Asia. He is the co-editor of The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds, and World Views 1917-39.

Amanda Shuman is a Research Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies at the University of Leiden, specializing in transnational athletic and cultural networks in China and the world.


Associate Researchers in Asia:

Wildan Sena Utama is a researcher at the University of Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, who has written and published in both Indonesian and English on the Bandung Conference, particularly from the Indonesian perspective.

Kyaw Zaw Win completed a  PhD Dissertation on the Burmese Socialist Party, and has published on the Asian Socialist Conference.