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Emeritus Professor David Arnold

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Academic Profile:
  • ESRC Professor (2007 - 2010)
  • Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Asiatic Society.
  • Professor of Asian and Global History at Warwick University (2006 -)
  • Professor in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London (- 2006)
  • DPhil from University of Sussex (- 1973)
  • BA from University of Sussex (- 1968)
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Selected Publications:
  • Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India (1993)
  • The Problem of Nature (1996)
  • Science, Technology and Medicine in Colonial India (2000)
  • Gandhi (2001)
  • The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze (2006)



Since his early research, on nationalist politics in south India in the 1920s and 1930s, his work has ranged widely over the history of modern South Asia, and beyond, and has included social and environmental history and the history of science, technology and medicine. Along with David Hardiman he was a founder member of the Subaltern Studies group of historians of South Asia.

He is currently writing a history of South Asia and developing research on food and 'everyday technology' in South and Southeast Asia.

David Arnold's work has been translated into several languages (including Portugese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean).

David Arnold