Dr Saima Nasar

Phd (Birm.), MA (Birm.), BA (Birm.)

  • BS8 1TB

Personal profile

Research interests

Contact details:

Office: 1.4, 26/27 St Michael's Park

Email: saima.nasar@bristol.ac.uk

Phone: 0117 331 7001

To arrange a meeting during my office hours, please email: saima.nasar@bristol.ac.uk. 



I am a social and cultural historian who works on histories of race, empire, and immigration. Committed to multi-archival and interdisciplinary research, my previous and future work contributes to developing comparative and interdisciplinary approaches in the fields of migration and imperial studies. My first book examines the transnational trajectories of Britain’s East African Asian population. I have also worked on the history of trauma in relation to post-war Irish diasporic communities.

I am currently leading a five-year Leverhulme Trust funded project on 'Welfare Citizenship and Intersectional Feminism'. 

I am Reviews editor of ‘Immigrants & Minorities: Historical Studies in Ethnicity, Migration and Diaspora’ and was previously Special Issues editor. I sit on the international board of 'Twentieth Century British History'.  

I am on the Brigstow Institute's steering committee. I was previously co-director of the Centre for Black Humanities.



I teach across our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, including our first year 'American Century' unit, our second year 'Global History' and 'Decolonisation' units, our third year 'Black Lives Matter' unit, and our MA unit on 'Themes in the History of Colonialism'. My past and current teaching has included 'Introduction to African History', 'Making of the Contemporary World', 'Inter-war British History', 'Making Multiculturalism in Britain', 'Research Methods', and 'African American History'.  I also supervise a range of dissertation projects. 


Postgraduate Supervision

I currently supervise PGR projects on colonial violence, popular culture and activism, and Black Power. 

Please feel free to get in touch about projects relating to race, empire, and immigration.  


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