Akhila Yechury
Dr Akhila Yechury

Dr Akhila Yechury

BA (Hons.), MA (Delhi), M.Phil (JNU), PhD (Cantab)


Contact Details

E-mail - ay21@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 463318
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914

Research Profile on Research@StAndrews


Teaching and Research Interests

I joined St. Andrews in 2014, having previously been a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and a Research Officer at LSE IDEAS. I received my PhD from Cambridge in 2012. My current research project focuses on the practise of French colonialism in India during the 19th and 20th centuries. Here, I explore the different ways in which the French settlements, despite their marginal presence on the fringes of British India provide a unique lens through which we can understand the formation of regional and national identities in colonial and post-colonial India.

I am currently participating in a UKIERI funded research network called Narratives of Migration and Exchange. It is an interdisciplinary research project involving colleagues from St. Andrews and Presidency University, Kolkata, which aims to explore the complicated networks of exchange, people, ideas, technologies and capital which mark the colonial legacy in India and Europe.

More broadly my research interests include social, political and cultural histories of South Asia, comparative studies of empires, global and trans-national histories. This is reflected in the modules I teach on early colonialism, migrant histories and social and political movements in South Asia.  I will be happy to hear from students who would like to pursue any of these themes for their undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

Main Publications


  • ‘‘La République continue, comme par le passé’’: The myths and realities of the Resistance in French India, Outre-Mers, Revue d’histoire,T. 103,No 388-389 (2015)
  • ‘Imagining India, decolonising l'Inde française, c. 1947-1954’, The Historical Journal, 58,4 (2015), pp.1141-1165
  • ‘France, Britain and the World’ in R. Tombs & E. Chabal (eds.), Britain and France in Two World Wars: Truth, Myth and Memory (London: Continuum, 2013) (co-authored with Emile Chabal)
  • India: The Next Superpower?, LSE IDEAS Special Report No. 10, March 2012 (co-edited)
  • L’Inde retrouvée: loss and sovereignty in French Calicut, 1867-68’, in K. Marsh & N. Frith (eds.), France's Lost Empires: Fragmentation, Nostalgia, and la fracture coloniale (London: Lexington, 2011).

Teaching Duties

I teach the following Honours modules:

I also co-teach the following modules:

Research Students
Aakshi Magazine, The Hindi film song as the return of the repressed (with Dennis Hanlon, Film Studies)