Andrew Lunt

Andrew Lunt


I received my BA and MRes from Leeds, and am currently studying for my Ph.D on ‘habitual crime’ in nineteenth-century India. My MRes focussed on how colonial ethnographers in the late-nineteenth century composed their accounts of certain communities. My doctoral research examines how the colonial state understood theft as a ‘habitual crime’, and the ways in which the underlying logic of colonial governance, and contextual factors, shaped these understandings. The geographical confines of my research reside in the former Bombay Presidency and the Central Provinces; regions which were critical to the financial power of the British Raj, and believed to house criminals that travelled massive distances across India to rob, steal and swindle. The ultimate point of my Ph.D project is not to retrace legal histories using a different set of examples, but to demonstrate how colonial anxieties and regional factors were refracted through the understanding of peoples as criminals and victims.

Research interests

More broadly, I am interested mainly in issues of race and power within colonial settings, and the ways that subject peoples and state actors understood each-other through colonial encounters. The following topics are of particular relevance to me:

  • Crime and criminality
  • Coercive/punitive apparatuses 
  • Subaltern approaches to history
  • Social and cultural histories of South Asia
  • Economic history in colonial contexts


  • BA History
  • MRes in Modern History