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Alexandra Taylor Sundarsingh

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Contact Information

110 Coble Hall
801 S. Wright St.
801 S Wright
M/C 322
Champaign, IL 61820
PhD Candidate
HRI Graduate Fellow

Research Interests

Indian Ocean World
Indian Indenture
Gender and Sexuality
Sensory History
Food History

Research Description

Thematically, my research interests include the history of Indian indenture, and its intersections with labor, race, gender, diasporic Indian culture, colonialism, and empire. Geographically, I focus on how South Asia and the Indian Ocean world connect to broader global histories of migration, labor, and culture. I approach these topics mainly through legal documentation and debates, transportation and labor infrastructure, and print culture in the Indian Ocean British colonies between 1840 and 1920.



M.A., History, University of Toronto, 2017

Honors B.A., University of Toronto, 2016


American Institute for Indian Studies, Summer Language Scholarship, Summer 2021

American Institute for Indian Studies, Summer Language Scholarship, Summer 2020


Awards and Honors

HRI Graduate Fellow, 2023-24

Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, 2019-2021; 2022-2023

Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2022




Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant, HIST236 - Madness and Modern Society, Spring 2022

Teaching Assistant, HIST281 - Constructing Race in America, Fall 2021


Additional Campus Affiliations

Graduate Minor, Gender and Women's Studies