Mr Tom Wilkinson

Mr Tom Wilkinson

PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of International History

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Thursday, 11am to 12pm
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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.

Tom was awarded Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCert) Full Level and joined the UK Higher Education Academy as a Fellow in 2021.

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

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

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

HY329 - Independent India: Myths of Freedom and Development

And elsewhere at LSE:

IR211 - America as a Global Power: FDR to Trump


Peer-Reviewed Articles

• “Student Politics in British India and Beyond: The Rise and Fragmentation of the All India Student Federation (AISF), 1936-1949”, SAMAJ, 22, 2019.


• "Boris Johnson Wants a Trade Deal with India. But Will the UK Accept Looser Immigration Rules?", The Wire, 24 January 2022.

• "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


• June 2020: “The Youth Hostel Association of Indian, the Politics of Leisure, and the Shaping of Indian Youth During the Long 1950s", Conference of Society for the History of Children and Youth, Galway, Ireland

• 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