Dr Kate Boehme

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Contact details:

  • Email: kmb42@leicester.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 203, 6 Salisbury Road
  • Feedback and Support Times (Semester 2, 2019-20): Fridays 10-11

Current Research:

After completing a BA at Smith College (2008), and an MA in Imperial and Commonwealth History at King’s College London (2009), I undertook my PhD at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of David Washbrook (2011-2015). My thesis, ‘Commercial Networks and the Making of a Colonial Bourgeoisie in Western India, 1845-1870,’ utilised unexplored collections of private business papers to cast Bombay’s emergence as a commercial capital in relation to traditional Indian trading networks. Following completion of my doctorate, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Snapshots of Empire project at the University of Sussex. I have also taught at the University of Leeds.

I joined the School of History in September 2017 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.


Research Interests:

My current research project, which is funded by a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship, is titled, ‘The Princely States in British India: rethinking the economics of empire, 1857-1947.’ This project explores the processes of economic integration that tied together independent princely India and imperial British India, aiming to uncover the everyday engagements that underpinned the creation of a complex and varied, but cohesive, Indian economy.

My research interests include understanding the global microprocesses of empire, and the development of commercial and social networks across imperial boundaries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Kate Boehme. ‘Smuggling India: Deconstructing Western India’s Illicit Export Trade, 1818-1870,’ Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. 25, No. 4, (October 2015): pp. 685-704.

Kate Boehme, Peter Mitchell, and Alan Lester. ‘Reforming Everywhere and All at Once: Transitioning to Free Labour Across the British Empire, 1837-1838,’ Comparative Studies in Society and History, (upcoming).

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