Professor Taylor Sherman

Head of School

PhD (University of Cambridge) 2006

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Humanities & Languages

Professor Taylor C. Sherman is a cultural and political historian of twentieth-century South Asia. Her research career began with an interest in violence and the nature of the state in colonial India and progressed to exploring citizenship and minority belonging in postcolonial India. Her work on the early decades after independence in India has touched upon many subjects including development, socialism, democracy, secularism, as well as migration and diaspora.  

Her current research interests centre around environmentalism in South Asia in the second half of the twentieth century. She is researching a cultural history of projects of environmental regeneration in Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.

She has published three monographs: Nehru's India: A History in Seven Myths (Princeton University Press, 2022); Muslim Belonging in Secular India: Negotiating Citizenship in Postcolonial Hyderabad (Cambridge University Press, 2015); and State Violence and Punishment in India (Routledge, 2009).

Having taught global history and historical methods for many years, Professor Sherman has wide-ranging interests beyond her specific specialism.

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My Research Supervision

My current students are working on minority linguistic belonging in North India, c. 1930s-1960s; on the path to international recognition of Bangladesh, 1971-75; and on migration and citizenship among Tamil returnees and Tibetan refugees in India, c.1940s-1980s.