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Leigh is an historian and researcher at the University of Cambridge. She recently completed her PhD on the social, cultural and legal history of the family in colonial North India at the University of Cambridge ('Publicising Family in Colonial North India, c. 1780-1930'), Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, 2009). Her current research focuses on conceptions of social welfare in twentieth-century India. She teaches world history, the history of the British Empire, the history of the Indian subcontinent from the eighteenth century to the present day, and population and development history in India.
More broadly, Leigh is also interested in how digitization is transforming the practice of history. She is a Research Associate with the Centre for History and Economics at King's College, Cambridge, working on their Digitization of History Project. Alongside an interest in North Indian languages and print cultures, she has started to explore some of the issues surrounding the digitisation of South Asian historical sources.