Imperial historians, and inhabitants of places colonized by Britain, know that much of England’s history happened beyond its borders. As decolonization whittled away imperial possessions ...
Radhika Natarajan is a historian of modern imperial Britain, particularly interested in the long conjuncture produced by social democracy and decolonization. Natarajan is writing a book on engagements between migrants to Britain from the decolonizing empire and social workers, examining how these interactions transformed older, imperial frameworks of community and difference into contemporary multiculturalism. In 2014,Natarajan published “Performing Multiculturalism: The Commonwealth Arts Festival of 1965” in The Journal of British Studies.
Natarajan received her PhD in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley, and joined the Reed faculty in 2014 as Assistant Professor of History and Humanities. At Reed, Natarajan offer courses in British, imperial, and 20th-century history, and also teaches in the college’s first-year interdisciplinary course, Humanities 110.