Dr Chandrika Kaul
Dr Chandrika Kaul

Dr Chandrika Kaul

MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon) - Lecturer in Modern History

Contact Details

E-mail - ck24@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 463306
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914

Research Profile on Research@StAndrews


Teaching and Research Interests

Modern South Asian history and culture, especially Indian History, Politics and the Media; The British Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries; British Decolonisation; Media and Empire in global perspective; the British Press, the BBC and Popular Culture in the 20th century; Globalisation and Transnational Communications.

Main Publications


  • (co-ed) Dossier 'Império Português e Comunicações', Revista Brasileira de História da Mídia, vol. 5, n.1, Jan-Jun. 2016, pp. 11-94.
  • (co-ed) The News of the World and the British Press, 1843-2011: 'Journalism for the Rich, Journalism for the Poor' (Palgrave, 2015) [Details]
  • Communications, Media and the Imperial Experience: Britain and India in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave, 2014) [Details]
  • (ed) Media and the British Empire (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) [Details]
  • (co-ed) International Communications & Global News Networks: Historical Perspectives (Hampton Press, 2011) [Details]
  • (ed) Explorations in Modern Indian History and the Media, Media History special issue, Vol 15, No. 4, November 2009, Routledge. [Details]
  • Reporting the Raj: The British Press and India, 1880-1922  (Manchester University Press, Studies in Imperialism Series, 2003) [Details]
Major Articles, Book Chapters
  • ‘Need Fulfilment: Society and Community in the Age of Digital Communication: The Indian example’, in R.G. Picard (ed.), What Society Needs from Media in the Age of Digital Communication, Iberia XXI, Lisbon, 2016, Chapter 7.
  • 'The Local and the Global: Malta, Media and Empire in the Twentieth century', Journal of Maltese History, vol 8, no. 2, November 2015
  • 'News of the Imperial World: Popular Print Culture, the News of the World and India in the late Nineteenth Century', in L. Brake, C. Kaul, M.W. Turner (eds.), News of the World and the British Press 1843-2011, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, Chapter 6.
  • 'Media, India and the Raj' in A.S. Thompson (ed.), Writing Imperial Histories, A Critical Evaluation of the Studies in Imperialism SeriesManchester University Press, 2013, pp. 188-215.
  • ‘You cannot govern by force alone’: W. H. Russell and The Times’ coverage of the Great Rebellion 1857-58,’ in M. Carter & C. Bates (eds.) Global Perspectives on 1857, Mutiny at the Margins series,, vol 3, Chapter 3, (Sage, New Delhi & London 2013.)
  • ' "An Imperial Village": Communications, Media and Globalization in India', in P. Putnis, Chandrika Kaul, & J. Wilke (eds.), International Communications and Global News networks: Historical Perspectives (Hampton press, 2011.)
  • 'Indian Independence, the British Media and Lord Mountbatten', India International Centre, Occasional Publication 26, New Delhi, 2011, pp. 1-19.
  • Washing Dirty Linen in Public: Imperial Spin Doctoring, the British Press and the Downfall of Lord Curzon, 1905', in Explorations in Modern Indian History and the Media, Media History special issue, Vol 15, No. 4, November 2009, pp. 385-406, Routledge
  • "At the stroke of the midnight hour": Lord Mountbatten and the British media at Indian Independence', in R Holland, S. Williams and T. Barringer (eds.), The Iconography of Independence: 'Freedoms at Midnight' (Routledge, 2009), pp. 29-45.
  • ‘The Empire Press Union and the expansion of imperial air services 1909-1939 with special reference to Australia, New Zealand & India’, with D. Cryle, in Media History, vol. 15, no. 1, Feb 2009, pp. 17-30.
  • “At the stroke of the midnight hour”: Lord Mountbatten and the British media at Indian Independence’, Round Table special edition, Oct 2008, no. 398, pp. 667-693.
  • Entries on TJ Bennett, Journalism and Imperialism, Friend of India, & Calcutta Review, in L. Brake & M. Demoor (eds.), Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism, print and CD, Academia Press, Ghent, British Library & ProQuest.
  • ‘From Empire to Independence: The British Raj in India 1858-1947’, BBC History, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/modern/
  • India, the Imperial Press Conferences and the Empire Press Union: the diplomacy of news in the politics of empire 1909-46', in C. Kaul (ed), Media and the British Empire, Palgrave Macmillan 2006.
  • 'Monarchical Display & the Politics of Empire: Prince of Wales and India, 1870's-1920's, Twentieth Century British History, vol 17, no. 4, 2006.
  • 'Reporting the Raj: Reflections on Communications, the British Press, and the Indian empire', Contemporary India, Nehru memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, vol 3, no. 3, 2004, pp. 1-18.
  • Articles on Edwin S Montagu, Secretary of State for India 1917-1922, TJ Bennett, Conservative MP and proprietor of The Times of India, and Sir Richmond Ritchie, Under-secretary of State for India, 1909-1912 in B Harrison (ed.) New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, Oxford), 2004
  • Article on ‘Modern India’ in The Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia, Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003, Vol 2, pp. 594-600 (large folio)
  • ‘Popular Press and Empire: Northcliffe, India and the Daily Mail, 1896-1922’, in Northcliffe’s Legacy: Aspects of the Popular Press 1896-1996, (eds.) Colin Seymour-Ure, Peter Catterall & Adrian Smith (Macmillan, 2000), pp. 45 - 69
  • ‘Imperial Communications, Fleet Street and the Indian Empire, c1850s-1920s’, in A Journalism Reader, (eds.) M. Bromley and T. O'Malley (Routledge, 1997), pp. 58 - 86.
  • ‘Round Table, the British Press and India, 1910-22’, in The Round Table Movement, the Empire/Commonwealth and British Foreign Policy, (eds.) A. Bosco and A. May (Lothian Foundation Press, London, 1997), pp. 343 - 368.
  • ‘The Press’, in Contemporary History Handbook (eds.) B. Brivati, A. Seldon and J. Buxton (Manchester University Press, 1996), pp. 298 - 310.
  • ‘Information society and the communications revolution in India’, in The Communications Revolution, (eds.) D. Derman and J. Lotherington (Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, 1996), pp. 118 - 129.
  • ‘Some Perspectives on Gender and the Indian Media’, in Gender and Media, (eds.) K. Ross and D. Derman (Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, 1996), pp. 249 - 265.
  • ‘A New Angle of Vision: The London Press, Governmental Information Management and the Indian Empire, 1900-1922’, Empire, Competition and War: Essays on the Press in the Twentieth Century, Contemporary Record, Special Edition, London, Vol 8, No.2 (Autumn 1994), pp. 213 - 241.
  • ‘England and India: The Ilbert Bill, 1883. A Case Study of the Metropolitan Press’, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, Sage, New Delhi/London, Vol 30, no.4 (Oct-Dec 1993), pp. 413 - 436.

External Professional Commitments

  • Founding Co-Editor of Book series, 'Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media' (Palgrave-Macmillan)
  • Editorial Board, Media History (Routledge) and Advisory Board, Twentieth Century British History (OUP)
  • Editor, SASA Books, South Asian Studies Association, U.S.A.
  • On Dissertation Reviews Advisory Board (Print and Media Cultures) online

Administrative Duties at St Andrews

  • Co-Director, Communications, including Editor of History Alumni Magazine
  • Module Convenor & Co-ordinator of team-taught course: ‘Themes in Modern World History, 1776-2001’
  • Academic Misconduct Adjudicator
  • Director of the St-Andrews Tel Aviv Universities Exchange Fellowship scheme

Teaching Duties

I participate in the teaching of First and Second Level Modern History courses:

  • ‘Themes in Modern World History 1776-2001’
  • ‘Scotland, Britain and Empire, 1500-2000’

I offer the following Honours courses:

I also teach on Modern History M. Litt courses and supervise undergraduate & postgraduate dissertations

Research Students

I welcome postgraduate and doctoral research students in the fields of

  • Modern Indian History and Politics
  • Modern South Asian History and the contemporary media
  • British Empire and Decolonisation
  • British Media, Politics and Popular Culture including the Press and Broadcasting
  • International Communications and Globalisation



Main Publications

Media and the British Empire