Priyamvada Gopal

Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the University of Cambridge

Priyamvada Gopal is an Indian-born academic, writer and public intellectual who is Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her primary teaching and research interests are in colonial and postcolonial studies, South Asian literature, critical race studies, and the politics and cultures of empire and globalisation. She has written three books engaging these subjects: Literary Radicalism in India (2005)The Indian English Novel (2009) and Insurgent Empire (2019). Her third book, Insurgent Empire, was shortlisted for the 2020 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding.

Gopal’s work has appeared in several newspapers and online publications, and she has contributed occasionally to radio and television programmes in Britain and elsewhere. Her remarks about race and empire have gained media attention and disagreement. In 2021, she was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine.


Priyamvada Gopal appears in the following sessions. Select a session to find out more:
Insurgent Empire
Sat 4th March 2023

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