Dr Saima Nasar

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

  • BS8 1TB

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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 also sit on the international board of 'Twentieth Century British History'.  


I teach across our Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught programs, 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 '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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