Dr. Ria Kapoor


I receieved my D.Phil in History from the University of Oxford in 2019. My thesis explored whether an alternative conception of the the refugee regime – rather than the one centred on the UNHCR – exists in India, and writes the postcolony into histories of human rights and refugee-related humanitarianism. It is also a meditation on citizenship in the self-determined postcolonial state. 

Research interests

I am interested in how ideas and practices in what we call the Global South transform the wider notion of the refugee, and related concerns of rights and entitlements.  

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  • D.Phil in History, University of Oxford
  • Master in International History, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • B.A. (Hons) History, University of Delhi

Professional memberships

  • Member of Royal Historical Society