Prof. Sivasundaram is Professor of World History, a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, and Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge. Originally from Sri Lanka, he obtained his BA (1997), MPhil (1998), and PhD (2001) degrees from the University of Cambridge. His research interests include world history, especially the history of the Pacific and Indian oceans and its islands; the history of race; global histories of science, medicine, technology, the environment, anthropology and archaeology; and the history of the British Empire, c.1780-1840.

Awards and Prizes

Philip Leverhulme Prize (for early-career contributions to research in the UK, 2012)

Sackler Caird Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum

Fellow and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society


Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013; and New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, paperback 2011).

With Marwa Elshakry, eds. Science, Race and Imperialism in Victorian Science and Literature, Vol. 6 (London: Chatto and Pickering, 2012).

Introduction and essay entitled Sciences and the Global: On Methods, Questions and Theory for forum of essays edited by S. Sivasundaram with title Global histories of science in Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society (2010).

With Rohan Deb Roy eds., forum of essays with the title, Nonhuman empires and own essay titled Imperial Transgressions: The Animal and Human in the Idea of Race in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2015).

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