Professor Clare Anderson

Clare Anderson 2013Professor of History

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  • Office: Room 101, 6 Salisbury Road
  • Office Hours: On Study Leave
  • Dissertation Office Hour: On Study Leave


I am a professor of history, with interests in colonialism and colonial societies across the British Empire. I studied for an undergraduate degree in History-Sociology, and for a PhD in History, at the University of Edinburgh. I joined the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester in 1997, moving to the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick in 2007. I returned to the School of History in 2011. My research centres on the Indian Ocean during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and I am especially interested in the history of confinement. I have worked on prisons, penal colonies, plantations, and migrant ships, and my interests also include forced labour, the history of anthropology, photography, and the body. I held an ESRC Research Fellowship between 2002 and 2006, and worked on nineteenth-century British penal settlements. Subsequently, I held the one-year Caird Senior Research Fellowship and then the two-year Sackler-Caird Research Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum. I then developed research on subaltern experiences and biographies of Indian Ocean journeying. I was PI on the ESRC funded international collaboration Integrated Histories of the Andamans (2009-13), and I am now PI on the ERC project CArchipelago (2013-18). I am a member of the British Academy Area Panel for South Asia, and on the Advisory Council of the Institute for Historical Research. I have held visiting professorships on the Culture and Commerce in the Indian Ocean project, University of Technology Sydney (2009, 2011), and I am currently editor of the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.


PhD Supervision

I currently supervise students working on colonisation and penal confinement in Australian islands; convict transportation to Western Australia; gender and the convict colony of Sakahlin Island, Russia; British officers in the Indian army; British convict hulks in the nineteenth century; and criminal justice in 1820s Britain.

I have previously supervised students working on the East India Company warehouses of London; lascars in the Indian Ocean; Indigenous-settler relations in colonial Canada; the making of history in post-colonial Bermuda; and extraterritoriality in treaty port China. I would be happy to take on postgraduates working across all areas of colonial and global history.


My teaching is on the history of Empire, migration and historiography.

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