Michael Sugarman

Dr Michael Sugarman

BA, Mphil, PhD

  • BS8 1TB

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Research interests

I specialise in global and transnational history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a focus on the urban histories of port cities in East, South, and Southeast Asia. While my resesearch to date has largely focused on the role of housing and poverty in shaping urban development in colonial and then decolonising Bombay, Hong Kong, Rangoon, and Singapore, my current interests lie in the role water and the environment have on urban development in cities across this region.


Prior to joining the University of Bristol, I completed a PhD in history and MPhil in historical studies at the University of Cambridge. Though I completed my graduate education in the UK, I completed my BA at UCLA in history and in economics.


‘Building Burma: Constructing Rangoon’s Urban Influence on Citizenship and Nationhood’, History Compass, 14, 10 (2016), pp. 459-469

'Reclaiming Rangoon: (Post-)Imperial urbanism and poverty, 1920-1962', Modern Asian Studies, 22 August 2018, pp. 1-32.

 Blog Posts

Rangoon and Singapore: Connections, Comparisons, and the Construction of Southeast Asian Cities, Global Urban History Blog


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