Tripurdaman SINGH

Researcher Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
Spoken languages
English, Hindi, Urdu, Persian
Areas of expertise
  • Social and Political History
  • Imperialism
  • Colonialism and Decolonization
  • Governance and state
  • Democracy
  • Constitutional Law
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • South Asia

Tripurdaman Singh is a historian working on modern South Asia and broadly interested in the themes of sovereignty, state formation, decolonisation and constitution-making. He is currently working on a project exploring the nature and process of decolonisation in India’s Princely States.

Tripurdaman earned an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies and a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. He has been an Indian Council of Historical Research Fellow at the University of Agra and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of London, as well as a visiting fellow at Universiteit Leiden and Fondation Maison des Sciences de L’Homme, Paris. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Major Publications:

  1. Imperial Sovereignty and Local Politics: The Bhadauria Rajputs and The Transition from Mughal to British India, 1600-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)
  2. Sixteen Stormy Days: The Story of the First Amendment to the Constitution of India (New Delhi: Penguin, 2020; London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2024) Published in Hindi as Ve Solah Din: Nehru, Mukherjee aur Samvidhan ka Pahla Sanshodhan (New Delhi: Penguin, 2022)
  3. Nehru: The Debates that Defined India (London: William Collins, 2021; New Delhi: Harper Collins, 2021) [co-authored with Adeel Hussain] Published in Hindi as Nehru: Bharat ko Paribhashit Karne Wale Samvad (New Delhi: Harper Collins, 2022)