Subramanian, Divya

Lecturer in Discipline

Office Hours

Spring 2022: Wednesday 2:30- 4:30pm

Interests and Research

Divya Subramanian is an urban historian with interests in postcolonial urbanism, humanitarianism and architectures of development, and the history of modern Britain and its empire. She received her PhD in History from Columbia in 2021. Divya's current book project is a global history of the Townscape movement, a widely influential planning movement that emerged in 1940s Britain.  More about her research and writing can be found at


The Townscape Movement and the Politics of Postwar Urbanism” forthcoming in Twentieth Century British History (Advance Access: doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwaa029)

"Legislating the Labor Force: Sedentarization and Development in India and the United States, 1870-1915," Comparative Studies in Society and History 61, 4 (October 2019), 835-863