Dr Chandrika Kaul
Dr Chandrika Kaul

Dr Chandrika Kaul

MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon) - Reader

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

My research and teaching areas encompass modern British History, especially its Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries and Decolonisation; the British Media including the national Press, Reuters, the BBC and Popular Culture. I also work on Modern South Asian history and culture, especially Indian History, Politics and the Media, including its contemporary media, and, Globalisation and Transnational Communications. In general, I am interested in political and popular culture and their nexus as well as communications and political protest. I have also researched aspects of the First and Second World Wars and made forays into the media history of the USA, Malta and Portugal. I am currently working on a major project on the BBC and Empire.

Main Publications


  • Reporting the Raj: The British Press and India, 1880-1922 (Manchester University Press, Studies in Imperialism Series, 2003) [Details] New Indian edition, MUP/VIVA Books, 2017. [Details]
  • Communications, Media and the Imperial Experience: Britain and India in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave, 2014, 2017 paperback) [Details]


  • Media and the Portuguese Empire, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) [Details]
  • Dossier 'Império Português e Comunicações', Revista Brasileira de História da Mídia, vol. 5, n.1, Jan-Jun. 2016, pp. 11-94.
  • The News of the World and the British Press, 1843-2011: 'Journalism for the Rich, Journalism for the Poor' (Palgrave, 2015) [Details]
  • Media and the British Empire (Palgrave MacMillan, 2006, 2013 paperback) [Details]
  • International Communications & Global News Networks: Historical Perspectives (Hampton Press, 2011) [Details]
  • Explorations in Modern Indian History and the Media, Media History special issue, Vol 15, No. 4, November 2009, Routledge. [Details]
Major Articles, Book Chapters
  • 'Service Newpapers and the British Empire' in Service Newspapers of World War Two, Adam Matthew Digital, March 2018
  • Gallipoli, Media and Commemorations during 2015: Select Perspectives’, Media History, Vol 24, issue 1, 2018, pp. 115-141.
  • ‘Researching empire and periodicals’, in A. Easley, A. King and J Morton (eds), Researching the Nineteenth Century Periodical Press Case Studies, Routledge London, 2017, pp. 175-191.
  • ‘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 Series Manchester 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)
  • 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

  • Director, Communications, School of History, including Editor of History Magazine
  • Module Convenor & Co-ordinator M.Litt in Modern History
  • 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, including doctoral, dissertations.

Research Students

I welcome postgraduate and doctoral research students in the fields of

  • British Empire and Decolonisation
  • Modern British Political and Cultural history
  • Modern South Asia, especially India
  • Global history with special focus on media cultures, political protest, communications and globalisation.



Main Publications

Media and the British Empire