Akhila Yechury has just finished her PhD from Cambridge University. Before that she did a B.A. and M.A from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University and an M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
Her research focuses on the practice of French colonialism in India. She argues that the history of the French settlements, despite their small and marginal presence, can shed light on the construction of national identity, both during the time of British India and after independence in 1947. Her aim is to reintegrate the history of the French settlements in India into the broader narrative of colonialism and post-colonial state formation in the sub-continent.
More broadly her interests include social, political and intellectual histories of South Asia. She also has a keen interest in cinema studies, languages and travelling.