Raghav Kishore is a historian of Modern South Asia and his research has primarily focused on the transformation of urban governance under colonial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Raghav’s first book: ‘The (Un)governable City: Productive Failure in the Making of Colonial Delhi, 1858-1911’ will be published by India’s largest academic publisher, Orient BlackSwan later this year. The book examines the production of urban space and its relation to colonial governance in Delhi in the aftermath of the Great Rebellion of 1857 until the transfer of the colonial capital to the city in 1911. It suggests that it was in this period that new modes of governance came to reshape the city – spatially, politically and culturally. Demonstrating how conflicting agendas of urban policy could stifle specific state initiatives, Raghav argues that such misadventures or failures should be seen as productive– on the one hand by providing a language of new legal codes for the population with which to assail the state and on the other, by enlarging the latter’s bureaucracy and regulatory capabilities. Articles based on this research have previously appeared in journals such as Urban History and The Indian Economic and Social History Review.
Raghav’s second project builds on postdoctoral research conducted at the University of York between 2016-17. Raghav is investigating how newly decolonised countries like India shaped the formation of the UN’s premier health agencies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) between 1946-67. This project brings together his interests in the histories of state formation, health, internationalism and the legacies of empire.
Before joining the LSE, Raghav taught courses on South Asian and International History at King’s College London, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and The University of Huddersfield. He obtained his PhD from The School of Oriental and African Studies.