Professor Gurminder K Bhambra FBA

Historical sociology and modernity; social theory, epistemology, and the intersection of postcolonial and decolonial studies; the political economy of race and colonialism

Elected 2020

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies at the University of Sussex. Prior to this, she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and has also been Guest Professor of History and Sociology at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Linnaeus University in Sweden. While her research interests are primarily in the area of global historical sociology, she is also interested in the intersection of the social sciences more generally with recent work in postcolonial and decolonial studies. Among her publications are Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination, which won the 2008 BSA's Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book, and Connected Sociologies, which is available open access. Her current projects focus on concerns with epistemological justice and reparations and on the political economy of race and colonialism. Specifically, she is currently working on a project on tax and welfare within the British empire and also has a co-authored book on Colonialism and Modern Social Theory forthcoming with Polity Press.

Current post

School of Global Studies, University of Sussex Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies

Past appointments

Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Guest Professor of Sociology and History

2016 - 2017

University of Warwick Professor of Sociology

2012 - 2017

University of Warwick Assistant Professor; Associate Professor of Sociology

2007 - 2012

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Perspectives: Everything you know about Brexit is wrong


As part of TEDxBrum, Gurminder K Bhambra deeply explores the idea of Britain as a nation and challenges dominant narratives on the recent vote for Britain to leave the European Union

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