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Priya Satia

Professor of History


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Priya Satia is a professor of modern British and British empire history, especially in the Middle East and South Asia. Her research interests include drone use in Afghanistan and the Middle East, British and American intelligence and counterinsurgency in the Middle East, and the partition of South Asia. Her work examines the ways in which the imperial past has shaped the present and how the ethical dilemmas it posed were understood and managed. She has published on British policing of the Middle East in the era of World War I, the invention of radio during the Boer War, the British Indian development of Iraq, state secrecy in mass-democratic Britain, the gun-making exploits of a Quaker family during the industrial revolution, and other projects.