Dr Chris Moffat

Lecturer in South Asian and Global History

Location Arts Two 3.31

Email: c.moffat@qmul.ac.uk

I am a political and intellectual historian of modern South Asia with an interest in the shape and form of history’s ‘public life’ across the broader postcolonial world. To this end, my work engages both the philosophy and anthropology of the discipline. I joined Queen Mary in 2015, having completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2014.  


My research focuses on questions of historical methodology, especially where the discipline of history grapples with alternative conceptions of time and space, the interruptive influence of the dead, and the fraying or tangled threads of memory. I have written extensively on the Indian revolutionary martyr Bhagat Singh (1907-1931), tracing his continuing political potential into the twenty-first century and asking what it means to take such revenant figures seriously in the history of political thought.

I have a consonant interest in alternative or dissident commemorative practices, particularly as they relate to public space, public art and the politics of archival and architectural preservation.

Postgraduate teaching


  • Politics and the Promise of Bhagat Singh (Manuscript in Preparation)
  • (With J Daniel Elam), ‘Writing Revolution’, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (Forthcoming, 2016).
  •  ‘Bhagat Singh’s Corpse’, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (Forthcoming, 2016).
  •  ‘Experiments in Political Truth’, Postcolonial Studies 16:2 (2013), pp.185-201. 

Selected essays and reviews have appeared in Kafila, The Caravan and Berfrois.

Membership of professional associations or societies

Appearances in the media

My work on Bhagat Singh has been covered in India by The Times of India and The Hindustan Times, and in Pakistan by Dawn and The Express Tribune.