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Associate Faculty

King's College London has several faculty who have research interests and specialisms in subjects and issues relating to India, and more broadly to South Asia. The King's India Institute hosts them as Affiliates, widening our coverage of interests immeasurably. Affiliates are based in their respective departments but may jointly supervise PhD research with faculty of the India Institute. They also particpate regularly in our events, and develop collaborative projects. 

George Adamson

Department of Geography

George AdamsonGeorge Adamson is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography. His research focuses on the history of climate – including long-term climatic variability, the social implications of past climatic extremes and the history and geography of climate knowledge – with a particular focus on the Indian monsoon. Recently he has been completed a monograph with Prof. Richard Grove (University of Sussex) entitled El Niño in World History, which charts the history of El Niño as a force acting upon society and a socially-constructed phenomenon. Prior to joining King’s he worked at the University of Brighton and Centre for World Environmental History at University of Sussex.

Raman Bedi

Dental Practice & Policy

RamanBediProfessor Bedi's research interests and publications are in the areas of child oral health, dental public policy, oral health inequalities, and the management and prevention of early childhood care. His teaching activities include lecturing and examining in the UK and internationally, and supervising graduate students. He has published over 180 papers, and serves on several editorial boards and as a referee for a number of academic journals.

Carlo Caduff

Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine

Carlo-Caduf-Cropped-190x155Dr Caduff works on the anthropology of science, technology and medicine. His research concerns include questions of health and disease, knowledge and expertise, science and technology, ethics and morality, safety and security. Dr Caduff has recently started a new research project on affordable cancer care in India. Before joining the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine in 2012, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zurich.

Santanu Das

Department of English


Santanu Das works on early 20th-century British literature & culture, with a focus on World War I. He is currently involved in several BBC projects related to World War I, including being the historical consultant for the BBC 2 television series 'The World's Wars'. Till 2016, he will be directing a major international collaborative project on 'Cultural Encounters in the Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Belligerents and Neutrals during the First World War', and is editor for South Asia for the online encyclopedia 1914-18.

Ayona Datta

Department of Geography

Ayona Datta is Reader in Urban Futures in the Department of Geography. Her research interests are in the critical geographies of smart urbanism, gender citizenships and urban futures in the global north and south. Her earlier research examined the connections between transnational urbanism, migrant citizenship, and translocal geographies of belonging among East European construction workers in London.  Dr Datta's more recent research seeks to advance theoretical and empirical work on postcolonial urbanism through the examination of smart cities as experiments in urban innovation and digital citizenships. She is the author of 'The Illegal City: Space, law and gender in a Delhi squatter settlement' (2012) and co-editor of 'Translocal geographies: Spaces, places, connections' (2011) with Ashgate.  Dr Datta is also the journal editor of Dialogues in Human Geography and Urban Geography and on the editorial boards of AntipodeGender, Place and Culture and Society and Space.

Amrita Dhillon

Department of Political Economy

adhillon-Cropped-128x166Dr Dhillon is a Ph.D from Stony Brook University, New York and has held positions in Universidad Carlos de III in Madrid and the University  of Warwick. Her research interests are in Political Economy, Development Economics and Economic Theory. She has been the Associate Editor at Social Choice and Welfare and is currently the Associate Editor at the Journal of Public Economic Theory.  Her articles have appeared in various Economics journals ranging from Econometrica Journal of Economic Theory to Games and Economic Behaviour, Journal of Public Economics and Journal of Development Economics.  

Charlotte Goodburn

Lau China Institute

Dr Goodburn is Lecturer in Chinese Politics and Development, and her research has a strongly comparative dimension: she is interested in the political economy of a wide range of developing countries and in issues in politics, migration and development more generally. In her current work, she compares rural-urban migration in China and in India. Before coming to King's, Charlotte was Post-doctoral researcher in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. She completed her PhD in the Department of Land Economy at Cambridge, and holds a BA (in History) and an MPhil (in Contemporary Chinese Studies), also from Cambridge. Charlotte studied Mandarin at Peking University and at Taiwan Normal University, and has spent several years working, studying and conducting fieldwork in China.

Dr Kamini Gupta

King's Business School

Kamini-Gupta1-Cropped-500x500Dr. Kamini Gupta’s research interests include social entrepreneurship, multiple goal pursuit and stakeholder management. She studies how organizations simultaneously pursue multiple and conflicting goals, focusing especially on the domain at the intersection of business and society. Dr. Gupta uses a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods to study novel contexts and industries characterized by a dual goal pursuit such as the Microfinance industry, Theatres, etc. Within these contexts, she uses field experiments and natural experiments to identify causal relationships between a firm’s strategy and structure; and its performance across multiple organizational goals (such as profits; and social impact or artistic excellence). Her research has won several awards such as the prestigious DIIE grant award and the Academy of Management Best Paper awards.

Bérénice Guyot-Réchard

Department of History

Guyot-Rechard_BereniceDr Guyot-Réchard joined King’s College London as Lecturer in Twentieth Century International History in early 2016, after a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and a Visiting Fellowship at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. She is a historian of modern South Asia and its global and regional environment, and her research interests broadly lie in: inter-national and trans-national relations in the post-colonial world; South Asia; frontiers, borders and borderlands; decolonization; state-making and nation-building. She is interested in the dynamic links between inter-state relations and social, political, and environmental change within and across political borders, and a focus of her work is the spatial transformations brought about by decolonisation, including the impact this had on “international” relations and connections in and around South Asia.

Humeira Iqtidar

Department of Political Economy

HumeiraIqtidarDr Iqtidar is Lecturer in Politics of South Asia, and her research is concerned with exploring the contours of social and political theory, particularly in the South Asian context. More particularly, she is interested in the shifting demarcations of state & market, society & economy, and secularism & secularisation. For an earlier project, she conducted ethnographic research with two Islamist parties in Pakistan, the Jamaat-e Islami and the Jamaat-ud Dawa, and is currently exploring ideas and practices related to tolerance within the Pakistani context, and the relationship between liberalisation and piety in the UK & Pakistan. 

Satvinder Juss

Dickson Poon School of Law

SatvinderJussProfessor Juss is a human rights expert focusing on policy-oriented work. He has been involved in, and given policy speeches for various think-tanks including the Royal Society of Arts, Encounter, and the Rowntree Trust. He appears as a practicising Barrister in the High Court and the Court of Appeal and is listed as a ‘Legal Expert’ in the Directory of Legal Experts, and has also argued cases in the House of Lords and the Privy Council. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and its Council Member, and is a member of its Migration Commission which published its ground-breaking Report, ‘Migration: A Welcome Opportunity’ ( in November 2005. He is a Council member of Encounter, and of the Society of Legal Scholars. In 2010 his name was added to the Panel of the Arbitrators of the Indian Council for Arbitration.

Ananya Jahanara Kabir

Department of English

Ananya Jahanara Kabir  Professor Kabir is a literary and cultural historian with interests spanning music, dance, film, the visual arts, academic discourse, and literature. She has worked on the psychosocial dimensions of the Kashmir conflict and the memorial politics of the Partition of India and the War of Bangladesh’s Liberation; co-curated ‘Between Kismet and Karma’, an exhibition which brought to British venues South Asian women artists responding to conflict; and, bridging her early training in the European Middle Ages and later interests in South Asia, on medievalism in British India and critical philology. 

Prabha Kotiswaran

Dickson Poon School of Law

Dr Kotiswaran is Senior Lecturer in Law, and her principal areas of research include criminal law, feminist legal theory and sociology of law. Dr Kotiswaran is currently working on a critique of contemporary anti-trafficking law and on a book-length work analysing the legal regulation of markets in social reproduction from a feminist perspective. She is also collaborating with Amanda Perry-Kessaris and Diamond Ashiaqbor on a project on an economic sociology of law (ESL). They currently convene a reading group and are editing two special journal issues on ESL based on papers presented at a workshop held at SOAS in September 2012. 

Javed Majeed

Comparative Literature

Professor Javed MajeedProfessor Majeed is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Director of the Comparative Literature programme. He is currently writing a book on the Linguistic Survey of India, conducted by the colonial state under the supervision of Sir George Abraham Grierson (1851-1941) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  In this ongoing work, he addresses the themes of the territorialisation of India as a linguistic entity, the presence of ‘native’ voices in the colonial archive, the role of uncertainty in the creation of linguistic knowledge and classification, and the complex relationships between imperial ideologies and the production of knowledge in British India.  His wider interests are in colonial and postcolonial literatures in English; intellectual and cultural history of British India and postcolonial South Asia; religion, colonialism and postcolonialism; Urdu literature, especially poetry; linguistic ideas, language and translation in colonial and postcolonial South Asia; and the cultural politics lexicography in English, Urdu and Persian in 19th-century India.

Susan Murray

International Development Institute

Susan Murray-Dec-2014Dr Murray is a social scientist working on global health policy and health systems issues. She manages a portfolio of funded global health research projects conducted in collaboration with international partners including colleagues from the Centre for Social Medicine at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and the American University of Beirut. She has expertise in longitudinal qualitative research methods and in case study approaches that examine micro-level experiences of macro level change.  Current interests are in the sociology and political economy of healthcare systems in low- and middle-income settings. These include studying effects of healthcare financing forms and reforms on organisation and consumption of healthcare and on health inequalities, and the effects of economic globalisation in the healthcare sector. She also has a long term interest in global maternal health policy.

Martin J Prince

Institute of Psychiatry

Martin-PrinceProfessor Prince is Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry, and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health, a new King's Health Partners-London School of Health & Tropical Medicine (KHP-LSHTM) initiative. His research focuses upon mental health priorities in developing countries, and he has supervised doctoral students working on Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan and Thailand. Since 1998, he has coordinated 'The 10/66 Dementia Research Group', a netwrok of over 100 researchers, mainly from the developing world, who have worked together to promote more good research into dementia in those regions.

Arnie Purushotham

Department of Oncology

Professor Arnie Puroshotham

Professor Arnie Purushotham is the Director of King’s Health Partners Cancer Centre (KHPCC), Chair of Breast Cancer at King’s College London and Consultant Surgeon at Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust. He has led the KHPCC's  engagement in India, developing major bilateral research and education relationships with the Tata Memorial Cancer Centre, Mumbai, and other regional cancer centres through the Indian National Cancer Grid .

Ruvani Ranasinha

Department of English

Dr Ranasinha is Senior Lecturer, and specialises in postcolonial literature and theory, especially relating to South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Her research interests are in post-1945 and contemporary fiction and film, particularly as they relate to gender, immigration, globalisation and the cultural representation of Muslim identity in the West. She is also interested in the intersection between postcolonial literature and book history, and is currently working on a book on contemporary South Asian women’s writing.

Will Rasmussen

Department of Philosophy

WillRasmussenDr Rasmussen in Matilal Lecturer in Indian Philosophy. He majored in Classics for his BA at Dartmouth College (USA), read ‘Greats’ at Oxford, and then spent some years teaching Classics at secondary school, during which time he wrote a Greek textbook incorporating the principles of Indo-European languages as elucidated in Panini’s grammar of Sanskrit. He teaches introductory courses in Sanskrit, and leads seminars that read Plato and Aristotle in the original Greek.

Sanchari Roy

Department of International Development

Sanchari RoySanchari Roy is Senior Lecturer in Development Economics at the Department of International Development. Her research focuses on examining the various types of constraints faced by developing countries in the process of poverty alleviation and economic growth, with special focus on India. One of the core themes of her research is to understand the role of inheritance rights in perpetuating gender inequality. A second theme of her research examines the challenges of effective public service delivery in developing countries, with particular emphasis on information constraints. A third theme explores the role of psychological constraints in perpetuating poverty, focusing on non-cognitive skills and mental health. Sanchari’s research has been published in the Economic JournalJournal of Development EconomicsOxford Review of Economic Policy etc. 

Katherine Schofield

Department of Music

Katherine-SchofieldDr Schofield (née Katherine Butler Brown) is a cultural historian and ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on South Asia. Her research interests are in ethnomusicology, especially in South Asia; music and colonialism; Islam; and Mughal history. She trained as a viola player before embarking on postgraduate studies at SOAS in North Indian music, followed by a research fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and a lectureship at Leeds.

Richard Sullivan

King's Centre for Global Health

Richard SullivanProfessor Sullivan is the Chair of Cancer Policy and Global Health and Director of the Institute of Cancer Policy (ICP). He leads a number of research and capacity enhancement programmes directed towards cancer and non-communicable diseases research and strengthening care systems in emerging and low-income economies, including India.In addition to collaboration with members of the Indian National Cancer Grid (NCG), Richard is conducting a major public policy programme to examine the future needs of cancer research in India and the development of an affordable cancer care programme.

Raphael Susewind

Department of International Development

Dr Susewind is Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Development at the Department of International Development. Using a distinct mix of ethnographic and Big Data methods grounded in long-term fieldwork, he explores geographies of Muslim belonging, the ambivalence of the sacred and electoral politics in urban India. He is the author of 'Being Muslim and working for peace: Ambivalence and ambiguity in Gujarat' (SAGE 2013) and published in journals such as Economic & Political Weekly, Environment and Planning A, Field Methods, the Journal of South Asian Development and SAMAJ. Beyond King's, he is a Senior Research Partner of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen and an Associate of the Contemporary South Asia Studies Program at the University of Oxford.

Annapurna Vykarnam

annapurna vyakarnamDr Vyakarnam joined King’s College London in 1996. In 2011, she was awarded a 5-year Government of India, Department of Biotechnology, Ramalingaswamy Fellowship for work based at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research at the premier Indian research institute, The Indian Institute for Science in Bangalore, India. Her laboratory probes host pathogen interactions and adaptive immunity pertinent to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and HIV-tuberculosis (TB) coinfection. Her research has been funded by grants from the MRC, Wellcome Trust, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, International Consortium for Novel Antivirals and GSK Ltd.

Jon Wilson

Department of History

JonWilson Dr Wilson is Senior Lecturer in British Imperial & South Asian History, and his research interests are in the modern history of South Asia; the intellectual history of South Asia and beyond; the British empire and the Commonwealth; and more broadly on governance. He joined the department in 1999, prior to which he was awarded a DPhil from Oxford University in 2000, following two years in New York studying for an MA in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research.

Alison Wolf

King's Business School

WolfAlison Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, and she sits as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. She specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has a particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce. Professor Wolf is the director of the MSc Public Policy & Management, which recruits students who are either already working in or planning a career in the public services (including the voluntary sector). She is also highly involved in policy debate, both in this country and more widely. She has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons select committee on education and skills; writes widely for the national press and is a presenter for Analysis on BBC Radio 4; and in March 2011 completed the Wolf Review of Vocational Education for the Secretary of State for Education.

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