Research Team

Our research network is continuously expanding: we had a number of new participants at our 2016 conference, we have had excellent contributions to our blog from researchers all over the world, and we encourage those working on similar issues and interested in joining the network to get in touch or contribute a post to our blog.

Team leaders:

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

Carolien Stolte (Co-I) 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.

Rachel Leow is co-leading our visualisation (forthcoming). She is University Lecturer in Modern East Asian History 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.

Core Research Team:

Reem Abou-El-Fadl is Lecturer in the Comparative Politics of the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She specialises in post-colonial foreign policy and nationalism in Turkey and the Arab world, with a particular interest in Egyptian politics and history. Her recent book is Foreign Policy as Nation-Making: Turkey and Egypt in the Cold War (Cambridge, 2018).

Leslie James is a Lecturer in Global History at Queen Mary University. She specialises in print cultures, imperial history, and the history of anti-imperialism, decolonization, the Cold War, and African and Caribbean History. 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 Visiting Researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD examined Orientalism and transnational intellectual networks in the Soviet World

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.

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.

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.