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Alexander Wilson is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Defence Studies at King’s College London, where he teaches on a range of courses at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He has provided professional military education to officers from countries on all six permanently inhabited continents. Before that, he taught history to undergraduates in the Department of War Studies, where he was nominated for teaching excellence by his students.

His research focuses on the military history of South Asia and has taken him to a range of archives in India, along with the major home districts from which the troops came. He is finalising a new study of the Indian military presence in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Second World War. This work aims for a novel understanding of Indian formations in these theatres, connecting their provenance as products of the Army in India and of South Asian society with their context as components in the British Commonwealth field armies in the regions to which they were deployed.

Beyond the classroom and the Second World War, he was recently chosen by the British Army to contribute to Operation REFLECT, the Army’s commemoration of the centenary of the Great War. In this regard, he served as an academic assigned to guide a syndicate of British, French and German colonels around the Somme battlefields of 1916. He has also recently presented the findings of his research at conferences or seminar series in Beijing, Oxford and London, among others. He has undertaken placements, research assistance for academics and other assignments at various institutions including the Imperial War Museum, the Kohima Museum, and the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.


Research Interests

  • The conduct of war from the 1740s to the present
  • South Asian Military History
  • The Second World War