Irina Spector-Marks

 Irina Spector-Marks

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
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Research Interests

  • British Empire
  • South Asia and South Asian diaspora
  • Africa and the Indian Ocean world
  • Global History
  • Colonialism/Post-colonialism

Research Description

My dissertation examines the responses of Indians to anti-Indian immigration legislation in South Africa and Canada in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  In particular, I focus on the ways in which transnational circulation of print culture created a shared discourse of imperial citizenship.  I argue that while Indians spoke of imperial citizenship as a universal category, their invocations of imperial citizenship were heavily dependent on racial, class, and gender hierarchies which were utilized in strikingly different ways in South Africa and Canada.


  • B.A., History, Macalester College 2008

Distinctions / Awards

  • Doris G. Quinn Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • John G. and Evelyn Hartman Heiligenstein Excellence in Teaching Award (2016)
  • Joseph Ward Swain Seminar Paper Prize, History Department, UIUC (2011)
  • Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, Graduate College, UIUC (2009-2010; 2010-2011; 2012-2013)
  • Ernest R. Sandeen Memorial Prize, History Department, Macalester College (2008)


  • HIST 142 Western Civ since 1660 (T.A. Fall 2014)
  • HIST 256 Britain since 1688 (Instructor, Spring 2015)
  • HIST 100 Global History (T.A. Spring 2012)
  • HIST 100 Global History (T.A. Fall 2011)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Spector-Marks, Irina The Indians’ Own Magna Carta: Britishness and Imperial Citizenship in Diasporic Print Culture, 1900-1914 Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 16 3 2015.