Dr Rishika Yadav

Dr Rishika Yadav

Fellow in the History of Africa

Department of International History

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English, Hindi
Key Expertise
South African History; Imperial History; World Wars; Military History

About me

I am currently a Fellow in the History of Africa and an alumnus of the department, having completed my doctorate and postgraduate studies in African and Imperial histories here. I am a military historian by trade, specialising in British Colonial Africa with a focus on subaltern narratives. At present I am working on my book manuscript on the experience of South African Coloured, Indian and Cape Malay soldiers in the Second World War, based on my doctoral project, The Boys Up North.

I am responsible for the undergraduate course HY240 From Empire to Commonwealth: war, race and imperialism in British History, 1780 to the present day, and the postgraduate course HY436 Race, Violence and Colonial Rule in Africa. I have also previously served as the co-convener of the HY509 PhD and early career research seminar for the academic year 2019/20 and as the co-editor of the department's blog, LSE International History blog, from September 2019 to September 2020. I am currently a Book Review Editor for the Journal of African Military History. I am also a member of the Military Welfare History Networkand the IWM War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network.

In a previous life, I completed my bachelor’s degree from Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi) and worked in public policy for a while. In 2016 I interned at UNESCO MGIEP in their Learning Differences program. I was also the Publication Assistant for The Blue Dot, MGIEP’s bi-annual magazine. Following this I interned at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the Ministry of External Affairs’ arm of cultural diplomacy for promotion of India’s soft power. In 2017, I began working at the Centre for Civil Society, a Delhi-based think tank that focuses on education and livelihood in low-income communities. I have also worked as an Editorial Assistant to late Professor K C Yadav, for his research projects on India in the First World War, and the trial of Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. Prior to this department, I was with the LSE European Institute and the LSE School of Public Policy.

Expertise Details

South African History; Imperial History; World Wars; Military History


Scholarships and Awards

  • LSE PhD Studentship 2018-2022
  • Iris Forester Prize for Academic Excellence, Department of International History, LSE, 2016

News and Media


Panellist at the two-day conference, From the Personal to the Global: Lived Experiences of the Second World War hosted by the University of Edinburgh in June 2023.

For this conference, hosted by the Second World War Research Group and the Second World War Network (Scotland), I presented a paper titled, The Cape Lorries: South Africa’s Coloured, Indian and Malay Soldiers in the East African Campaign, 1940-42.


LSE International History Blog

‘The Boys Up North’ – Rishika Yadav’s PhD journey at LSE published on 10 December 2022. In this article, I reflect on my journey as a doctoral student in the department and muse on the men of my study with whom I spent four incredible years.

Panellist at the International Online Conference: Perspectives on World War II organised by Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi from 24th-25th February 2022.

I presented a paper titled, Identity, Prejudice and the Second World War: Analysing the Experiences of Coloured South African POWs in Europe.


LSE International History Blog

The Second Last Sunday Every September: Remembering South Africa’s Fallen Soldiers, published on 25 November 2019

In this article, I elaborate on my experience at a memorial service for the Cape Corps, which I attended while on a trip to South Africa and contemplate on the space of non-White soldiers in First and Second World War remembrance ceremonies.


Africa at LSE Blog

South Africa Remembers Robert Mugabe, published on 26 September 2019

In this article, I explore the impact of the liberator-turned-despot Robert Mugabe’s legacy on South African politics and examines the lessons South Africa must learn from Zimbabwe.


Panellist for the screening of ‘Forgotten Heroes of Empire’ by Jack Losh and Alessandro Pavone, and produced by Al Jazeera

The documentary highlights the discrimination faced by African veterans of the British Imperial forces that participated in the Second World War. I was invited as a speaker for the Q&A panel for the screening. The event was held at the Frontline Club (London) on 5th April 2019 and was chaired by Christina Lamb. Available on podcast.



Between 2017-18, I regularly contributed to the Centre for Civil Society’s digital publication, Spontaneous Order. Most notably,

In this article I explore the obstacles faced by government agencies employed in the preservation of India’s archaeological and cultural heritage and emphasises on the need for privatisation of conservation. The article was re-printed in Qrius.

  • The Life and Times of Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, published 28 February 2018

In this two-part series titled, Chutney on a Leaf and Movement Towards Swatantra, I recount the life and times of Rajaji, a prominent independence activist, who, in his political career, served as the first Premier of the Madras Presidency, and the first and last Governor General of independent India.

In this article, I critique the Transparency of Rights Act proposed in the Government of India’s Economic Survey 2016-17 and argues that the act is a mutation on existing legislations and, in fact, prevents Civil Society from effectively participating in ‘good governance’.