Field: South Asia
Advisor: Nicholas Dirks
Nishant Batsha is a PhD candidate in South Asian History. His academic interests include global history, migration, and colonial and imperial historiography. His dissertation, "The Currents of Restless Toil: Colonial Rule and Indian Indentured Labor in Trinidad and Fiji,” examines the intersections between imperial regulation, colonial rule, and Indian indentured labor during the eras of liberal imperialism and late nineteenth-century conservatism. His dissertation connects ideologies of rule in the British Empire to the relationship between the state and the worker. Archival research for this project took place in the United Kingdom, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United States. His doctoral studies have been supported by the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, among other grants.
Nishant received his BA from Columbia University in History and Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS). He then received an M.St. from Oxford University in Global and Imperial History. His studies at Oxford were supported by the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Fellowship and the English-Speaking Union, San Francisco Post-Graduate Studies Scholarship.
He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is an Exchange Scholar in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He also writes fiction and creative non-fiction. More information about his writing can be found here.