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Senior Lecturer in Modern South Asian History, De Montfort University

Dr Pippa Virdee has been working at De Montfort University since 2006. During 2016/17 she was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Governance and Policy (ITU), Lahore (Pakistan).

Her research interests include British colonial history, history of India and Pakistan, especially the Punjab, the South Asian diaspora in Britain and women’s history in Pakistan.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer Modern South Asian History, De Montfort University


    Coventry University, PhD/History


  • 2018
    ‘From Mano Majra to Faqiranwalla: Revisiting the ‘Train to Pakistan’’ with Arafat Safdar., South Asia Chronicle,
  • 2018
    Women and Pakistan International Airlines in Ayub Khan’s Pakistan’, The International History Review
  • 2018
    From the Ashes of 1947: Reimagining Punjab, Cambridge University Press
  • 2011
    Refugees and the End of Empire: Imperial Collapse and Forced Migration during the Twentieth Century (ed with Panikos Panayi), Palgrave Macmillan

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society