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Dr Taylor C. Sherman

Associate Professor

*On leave 2015-2016*

Other Titles: Cumberland Lodge Event Organiser (until 1 November 2015)
Research Interests: Modern South Asian History
Room: SAR.M.10
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 5002

Dr Taylor Sherman's research concerns the cultural and political history of India in the transition from colonial rule to independence in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Her research explores conceptions of citizenship, belonging and the idea of the minority in Indian politics; Arab and Afghan migration to and from India; early postcolonial democracy and the first elections; language politics, multilingualism and the creation of linguistic states; and violence and criminal justice in South Asia.

Dr Sherman returned to LSE in 2010. She studied International Relations and History at the LSE for her undergraduate degree, and then completed her doctoral work, entitled, 'The Politics of Punishment and State Violence in India', at Cambridge University. In 2004 she was awarded a Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship for this research. She began her academic career teaching Extra-European History at Cambridge, and before moving to LSE, she held a post as AHRC Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, on a collaborative research project entitled, 'From Subjects to Citizens: Society and the Everyday State in India and Pakistan, 1947-64'.

Dr Sherman's teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY113: From Empire to Independence: the Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (taught jointly with other members of staff in the Department)

HY233: Empire and Nation: Britain and India since 1750

At Master's level:

HY423: Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation (taught jointly with other members of staff in the Department)

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New book by Dr Taylor C. Sherman

Dr Taylor C. Sherman has a new book coming out in September, called Muslim Belonging in Secular India: Negotiating Citizenship in Postcolonial Hyderabad (Cambridge University Press). Dr Sherman's book surveys the experience of some of India's most prominent Muslim communities in the early postcolonial period. Muslims who remained in India after the Partition of 1947 faced distrust and discrimination, and were consequently compelled to seek new ways of defining their relationship with fellow citizens of India and its governments. Using the forcible integration of the princely state of Hyderabad in 1948 as a case study, Taylor C. Sherman reveals the fragile and contested nature of Muslim belonging in the decade that followed independence. In this context, she demonstrates how Muslim claims to citizenship in Hyderabad contributed to intense debates over the nature of democracy and secularism in independent India. Drawing on detailed new archival research, Dr Sherman provides a thorough and compelling examination of the early governmental policies and popular strategies that have helped to shape the history of Muslims in India since 1947. Read more about it here.