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Dr Vikram Visana joined the History team as Lecturer in World History in September 2018. After completing his PhD in 2015, he held a teaching post at the University of Edinburgh and then a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Global History, Freie Universität Berlin.

Vikram currently teaches on the first-year module 'Britons Abroad, 1500-2000' and the second-year modules 'Modern India: From Raj to Independence' and 'Research Skills'. From September 2019 he will offer a new third-year module called 'India's "Tryst with Destiny": the Making and Remaking of the World's Largest Democracy', which will allow students to explore the uniqueness of the democratic revolution in India between 1947 and 2000. Using seminal tracts of political thought alongside subtitled Bollywood movies and an array of other sources, this module will approach the topic from the perspective of political elites but also that of the average Indian citizen. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • South Asia
  • Imperial History
  • World/Global History
  • The History of Political Thought

Vikram's research to date has focused on the global intellectual history of liberalism and how it is re-articulated in non-European contexts. His PhD focussed on the making of Indian liberalism between 1840 and 1920, which forms the basis of his forthcoming book. He is currently working on two new projects, one charts the re-imagining of British liberalism for the local conditions and customs of the Sudan Condominum from 1899 to 1960. The other examines the post-colonial fate of liberalism in India after 1947, with a particular focus on the Swatantra Party.

Vikram is happy to supervise undergraduate dissertations, masters theses, and PhD theses on topics which fall under the above themes.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge

Sep 2011Sep 2015

Master, London school of economics and political science

Oct 2010Jul 2011

Bachelor, University of Cambridge

Sep 2007Jul 2010


  • World History
  • Imperial History
  • South Asia
  • Political Thought
  • Intellectual History
  • India
  • Global History
  • 19th Century
  • 20th century
  • Liberalism

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

Liberalism Arts & Humanities
Political Thought Arts & Humanities
Capitalism Arts & Humanities
Anti-imperialism Arts & Humanities
Colonies Arts & Humanities
Indirect Rule Arts & Humanities
Africa Arts & Humanities
Tribes Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Dance Article review

Beyond Citizen and Subject: New Perspectives on Political Thought, 'Tribe' and 'Indirect Rule' in Africa

Visana, V., Mar 2019, In : History Compass. 17, 3, 13 p., e12525.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Indirect Rule
Political Thought

Vernacular Liberalism, Capitalism, and Anti-Imperialism in the Political Thought of Dadabhai Naoroji

Visana, V., Sep 2016, In : Historical Journal. 59, 3, p. 775-797

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Political Thought

Empire and Imperial Ambition: Liberty, Englishness and Anti-Imperialism in Late Victorian Britain, by Mira Matikkala

Visana, V., 25 Mar 2013, In : English Historical Review. 128, 531, p. 457-459 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

Activities 2015 2018

  • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Publication Peer-review
  • 1 Invited talk

Africa in Global Intellectual History

Vikram Visana (Organiser)
25 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Modern Intellectual History (Journal)

Vikram Visana (Reviewer)
30 Oct 201812 Dec 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Never say die!: Dadabhai Naoroji’s Indianisation of British politics

Vikram Visana (Speaker)
22 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

New Pathways in the History of Political Economy Interdisciplinary Conference

Vikram Visana (Organiser)
23 Jan 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...