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Dr Leigh Denault

Subject History
Fellow type Lecturers, Professors and College Officers
Year started 2010


Leigh Denault is a College Lecturer in history and Director of Studies for Churchill’s Part I undergraduate historians (on leave 2019-2020). She teaches world history as well as South Asian history as an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History, and supervises undergraduate papers 21, 23, and 28. She also convened the undergraduate Themes and Sources module on the ‘Bandung Moment: revolution and anti-imperialism in the twentieth century.’ She teaches modules and occasional seminars for the MPhils in South Asian Studies, Gender Studies, and World History, and currently organises the global history strand for the MSt in History at the Institute for Continuing Education.

Most of her projects have involved intersections of legal, social, intellectual, and cultural histories in colonial South Asia. Having convened the Digital History graduate training seminar in the History Faculty for a number of years, she has been bringing digital humanities methodologies and insights to her own research, and is now working on a digital history project mapping newspaper networks and debates about press freedom across mid-nineteenth century India. She is more broadly interested in print cultures in deeply multilingual Northern India, and in the possibilities of deeper 'vernacular' intellectual histories. She welcomes applications from PhD students in South Asian history with an interest in histories of law, gender, race, sexuality, print culture, labour, and consumption.

College positions


Advanced Student Tutor


Undergraduate Student Tutor


College Lecturer


Schools Liaison Officer (Arts)


Teaching By-Fellow in History