Mr Thomas Wilkinson

Mr Thomas Wilkinson

PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of International History

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Key Expertise
Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia

About me

Tom Wilkinson is a PhD candidate in the Department of International History at the LSE. His doctoral research investigates the history of youth in late colonial and early post-colonial India under the supervision of Dr Taylor Sherman. Tom holds a MsC in Empires, Colonialism and Globalization from the LSE (with Distinction) and a BSc in Political and Social Science from the University of York (First-Class Honours).

He is the current co-representative for the Graduate Teaching Assistants in the International History department. Tom was the co-convener for the HY509 PhD and early career research seminar and was a co-editor of the department's blog, The LSE International History blog, in 2018/19.

Tom has been a visiting research scholar at Columbia University in New York and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Prior to commencing his doctoral research, he worked as a Parliamentary Assistant in Westminster and as a teaching assistant in New Delhi for the British Council. Tom is currently the Course Director for the LSE CHOICE History programme and a trustee at the Paper Boat Charity.

Provisional thesis title

Youth in Colonial and Post-colonial Northern India 1885-1957

Expertise Details

Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia


Tom teaches the following course in the department:

HY120 - Historical Approaches to the Modern World

HY329 - Independent India: Myths of Freedom and Development

 Previously, Tom has taught the following course in the department:

HY113 - From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century

And elsewhere at LSE:

IR211 - America as a Global Power: FDR to Trump


Peer-Reviewed Articles

• (forthcoming) “Student Politics in British India and Beyond: The Rise and Fragmentation of the All India Student Federation (AISF), 1936-1949”, SAMAJ


• "Are we heading for a golden era in British-Indian relations?", The Spectator, 26 January 2020.

• "Digital politics is here to stay", Left Foot Forward, April 2020.

• "The Trump and Modi bromance that is bad news for Boris Johnson", The New European, 27 February 2020.


• "Tommy Robinson Claims to Take Political Refuge in Marbella. But His Brand of Right-Wing Extremism Could Still Thrive in the Covid-19 Economic Crisis", August 10th 2020, published on Young Fabians blog.

• “The government’s mishandling of the lockdown easing is creating new resentments and divisions: The Brexit wounds are resurfacing", June 1st 2020, published on Progress Online.

• “JLF 2019 Interview: Sven Beckert ‘Empire of Cotton’”, October 18th, 2019, published on South Asia @ LSE

• “Coronation Park and the Forgotten Statues of the British Raj”, June 20th, 2019, published on LSE International History Blog

• “India 2019: Catching the Clickbait Generation”, May 8th, 2019, published on South Asia @ LSE

• “South Asia: Walls and Bridges”, February 1st, 2019, published on South Asia @ LSE


• January 2020: “The Labour Camp and the Shaping of the Indian Youth After Independence, circa 1954-1965", Conference on Childhood, Youth and Identity in South Asia, Shiv Nadar University and Ambedkar University Delhi, New Delhi.

• May 2019: “Indian Youth and the Defense of the Nation: Youth (De) Mobilisations, Youth Physicality, and the Birth of the National Cadet Core, 1940-1962”, India and Pakistan: The Formative Phase, 1947-1960, British Academy and Royal Holloway, London.

• November 2018: “Student Politics in British India and Beyond: The Rise and Fragmentation of the All India Student Federation (AISF), 1936-1949”, South Asia from the Lens of Student Politics, Sciences Po, Paris

• June 2018: “Indian Prison Policy in the 1950s: Everyday Violence, The United Nations and Human Rights”, Retrieving the 1950s as a transitional moment in India’s foreign and domestic policy, Asia Association Studies Conference, New Delhi

• May, 2018: “Growing up a Dalit Youth in India, 1920- 1965”, Narration and ImaginationUCL South Asia ECR Conference, University College London, London


Honours and awards

• 2019 Spring term: Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University in New York

• 2018 Winter term: Visiting Research Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 

• 2019: Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Research Support Grant 

• 2018: Partnership PhD Mobility Scheme Bursary, LSE. Read his Q&A for LSE Academic Partnerships about his time at Columbia University, New York (Spring, 2019).

• 2018: Fellow at the Royal Asiatic Society

• 2017: LSE PhD studentship

• 2015-16: 120th Anniversary LSE Masters Scholarship


• IR211 America as a Global Power: FDR to Trump, Teaching assistant, Teaching Score 4.5/5