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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Patrick Clibbens is a Teaching Associate at POLIS and the Centre of South Asian Studies, where he teaches the politics and history of South Asia and its diaspora. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge for a dissertation on ‘The Indian Emergency, 1975-77’. He holds an MA in History and an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies from the University of Cambridge. He was previously Mary Somerville Junior Research Fellow in History at Somerville College, Oxford and a Teaching Associate in the Faculty of History in Cambridge.


Patrick’s research interests centre on the political and intellectual history of India and its diaspora since Independence. He is completing a book manuscript examining the Indian Emergency of 1975-77, a period which saw the suspension of democracy and the enactment of mass sterilisation and slum clearance programmes. He has published on the politics of social policy and the transnational politics of the diaspora during this period.

He has two ongoing research projects. An interdisciplinary research project entitled ‘Public Opinion and Policymaking in India’ will investigate the institutional production of ‘public opinion’ and the concepts of the public held by policymakers in India, with the aim of understanding how these ideas have shaped India's complex political landscape. A second strand of research focuses on re-examining British-Indian relations through the lens of transnational political connections and diaspora in order to write a social history of diplomacy. As part of this research project, Patrick has collaborated with POLIS member Edward Anderson and their article ‘“Smugglers of truth”: the Indian diaspora, Hindu nationalism, and the Emergency (1975-77)’ is forthcoming in Modern Asian Studies.

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Dr Patrick   Clibbens

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