BA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)
Patrick is a Lecturer in Imperial and Postcolonial History. Before joining the Department of History in 2021, he was the Mary Somerville Junior Research Fellow in History at Somerville College, Oxford (2014-17) and held teaching positions in History and at the Centre of South Asian Studies in Cambridge. Patrick’s research interests centre on the political and intellectual history of India and its diaspora since Independence.
Patrick’s research interests centre on the political and intellectual history of India and its diaspora since Independence. He is completing a book manuscript examining the Indian Emergency of 1975-77, a period which saw the suspension of democracy and the enactment of mass sterilisation and slum clearance programmes. He has published on the politics of social policy and the transnational politics of the diaspora during this period.
He has two ongoing research projects. An interdisciplinary research project entitled ‘Public Opinion and Policymaking in India’ will investigate the institutional production of ‘public opinion’ and the concepts of the public held by policymakers in India, with the aim of understanding how these ideas have shaped India's complex political landscape. A second strand of research focuses on the transnational political connections forged by the Indian diaspora.
Societies & Economies in World History (first-year core module)
Ending European Empires: Decolonisation after 1945 in Comparative Perspective (second-year Histories and Contexts module)
Unfree Labour (third-year Comparative Histories module)
Oral History Methods (MA skills module)
Decolonization and the Making of South Asian Democracy (MA option module)