Visiting address:
302 Fincham, Digby Stuart

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3339


Co-Director of the Literature & Culture Research Centre, Roehampton University.

Convener of the BA English Literature Programme, Roehampton University.

Prizes & Awards

North Senior Scholarship, St. John's College, Oxford.

Oxford University Frere Exhibition for Indian Studies.

The High Road to China (2006) was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography.

Consultancy work

Television & Radio

Consultant and main contributor to Hobson-Jobson: A Very English Enterprise (BBC Radio 4, 2012). Contributor to documentary features broadcast on Channel 4 (An Indian Affair, 2001), BBC Radio 4 (Crossing the Black Waters 2002, Tibet on the Banks of the Clyde, 2010) and ABC (Late Night Live: The Buddha of Boundless Light meets the Glaswegian, 2006).

External Assessor

Yale University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Broadview Press, Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Interventions, Studies in Travel Writing, Journal of the History of Ideas.



BA Hons. First Class. English & Related Literature, University of York.

D.Phil., University of Oxford.

Research interests

My research focuses on the history of cultural and scientific contact between Britain and Asia in the colonial period. I work on travel accounts, colonial writing, botanical exchange and lexicography.

I recently edited Hobson-Jobson: The Definitive Glossary of British India by H. Yule & A.C.Burnell for Oxford World's Classics.

I am currently working on a cultural history of the Palm House at Kew Gardens.

I welcome PhD applicants, especially those interested in writing on India, colonial discourse, botanical gardens and travel writing.


I teach undergraduate modules on colonial and postcolonial texts, travel writing and the literature of multicultural Britain.

I have taught MA modules on the literature of race and empire and on literary exchanges between India and Britain.

Research outputs

  1. Hobson-Jobson: A Definitive Glossary of British India

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. The Rubicon between the Empires": The River Oxus in the Nineteenth-Century British Geographical Imaginary"

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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