Uttara Shahani

Postdoctoral Researcher - Borders, Global Governance and the Refugee 1947-1951

Uttara Shahani has research interests in South Asia, Sindh and the Sindh diaspora, the history of the British empire, partitions, decolonisation, and refugee regimes. She qualified as a lawyer before completing a PhD on Sindh and the partition of India and an ESRC funded postdoctoral research fellowship at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

She is currently a postdoctoral researcher working with Anne Irfan at the Refugee Studies Centre on the British Academy-funded research project Borders, global governance and the refugee, examining the historical origins of the global refugee regime. 


Uttara has taught on Empires and World History, the history of the Indian subcontinent from the late eighteenth century to the present day, and postcolonial South Asian diasporas at the University of Cambridge.

Research Students supervised

Research interests:

South Asia, Sindh, Sindhis, British empire, partitions, refugees, refugee regimes, and citizenship