Uttara Shahani

Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration

Uttara Shahani is a historian. She has research interests in the history of colonial South Asia, partitions, refugee regimes, Sindh, and the Sindh diaspora.

Uttara 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. Prior to her appointment as a Departmental Lecturer, she was a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr 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 with a focus on South Asia and Palestine. 

In the media
Borders, Global Governance and the Refugee, 1947–1951

Uttara teaches on the postcolonial borders and forced migration and research methods courses for the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Research Students supervised

26 Jan, 2021
‘Sindh is not a piece of territory-Sindhi belonging in India’. Uttara Shahani writes for The Leaflet
Research interests:

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