Dr Saima Nasar

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

  • BS8 1TB


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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. My future research focuses on welfare and Black British activism.

I am Reviews and Special Issues editor of ‘Immigrants & Minorities: Historical Studies in Ethnicity, Migration and Diaspora’.


I teach across our Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught programs, from our first year 'Introduction to British Empire', and our second year 'Rethinking History' and 'Postcolonial Africa' units, to our MA unit on 'Theories in the History of Colonialism'. My past and current teaching has included African History, the 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 am currently supervising a doctoral project on colonial violence. Please feel free to get in touch about projects relating to race, empire, and immigration.  



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Research Output

  • 4 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 4 Book/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)
  • 2 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review (Specialist Publication)

Commonwealth Communities: Migration and Racial Thinking in Twentieth Century Britain

Nasar, S., 6 Jul 2020, Commonwealth History in the Twenty-First Century. Dubow, S. & Drayton, R. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 101-122 22 p. (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Remembering Edward Colston: Histories of Slavery, Memory, and Black Globality

    Nasar, S., 18 Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Women's History Review.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Contagious Communities: Medicine, Migration and the NHS in Post-War Britain

    Nasar, S., Jun 2019, In : Twentieth Century British History. 30, 2, p. 287-289 3 p., hwy021.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)


    AHRC/ICHR grant for ‘Cultural Heritage, Migration and the Indian Diaspora’

    Nasar, Saima (Recipient), 14 Dec 2018

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    AHRC Doctoral Award in History

    Nasar, Saima (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    AHRC Research Training Support Grant

    Nasar, Saima (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    • 3 Invited talk
    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Seventy Years On:The History and Legacy of the Windrush

    Saima Nasar (Participant)

    20 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Interracial Intimacies: Renegotiating the East African Asian Diaspora

    Saima Nasar (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Resisting Refugee Status

    Saima Nasar (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk