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Rajbir Purewal Hazelwood

Rajbir Hazelwood

Assistant Professor
Peck Hall, Room 1207


I work in the field of transnational and global South Asia specializing in the transnational history of Punjabi migrants in diaspora, particularly in postwar Britain.

I am currently advisor for SIUE’s Alpha-Eta-Zeta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. If you are interested in becoming a member, please review the requirements online ( and send me an email for a membership application and further information. Officer information and forthcoming events will be posted online beginning Spring 2015.

Asian Studies Minor: I currently participate in programming for the Asian Studies Minor. If you interested in the minor and want more information, please visit the program website ( or send me an email to learn about forthcoming South Asian history courses.


Ph.D. History (2013) Washington University in St. Louis
A.M. History (2010) Washington University in St. Louis
B.A. Honors First Class Modern European History (2006) University of Warwick

Research Focus

Twentieth Century British History
Modern South Asia
Punjab Studies
Empire and Decolonization
Diaspora Studies
Food History

Courses Taught

Intro to the History of Western Civilization, 1815-present
Culinary Citizenship: Food, Identity, and Belonging in the Twentieth Century
Britain and Being British in the Twentieth Century
Modern Britain since 1830
Modern South Asia, 1757-present

Select Publications

Human Trafficking and ‘Go Home’ Vans: The UK’s Illegal Immigration Woes.” The Figure in the Carpet: A Publication by The Center for the Humanities XII (January 2014).

Review of Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century, by Kyla Wazana Tompkins. Women’s Studies Quarterly 42, no. 3-4 (Winter 2014).

Fellowships and Awards

Participant in Ninth International Seminar on Decolonization, National History Center and American Historical Association, 2014

Association of Women Faculty Graduate Student Award, Washington University (2013)

Fellow in Residence, Washington University Center for the Humanities (2013)

Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Washington University (2012-2013)

Graduate Fellow, International and Area Studies Washington University (2011-12)

Dean’s Teaching Award, Washington University (2011)

The Lee and Ann Liberman Graduate Fellowship, Washington University (2010-12)

Center for Sikh & Punjab Studies Fellowship, University of California-Santa Barbara (Summer 2008)

Select Presentations

“Migration and Belonging in Britain: Considering Community Archives,” International Seminar on Decolonization by The National History Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, August 2014

“Punjabis in Britain: Rethinking the Archives of Postwar and Postimperial British History,” The Southern Conference of British Studies, on panel “Twentieth Century Cultural Encounters: British Encounters with America and Empire,” November 2013

“Belonging in Diaspora: Punjabi Foodways in Postwar London,” 41st Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on panel “South Asian Connections Beyond the Subcontinent” (panel chair), October 2012

“Goodness Gracious Me: Media and the Politics of Punjabi Diasporic Identity in Postwar Britain,” South Asia by the Bay: A Graduate Student Conference at Stanford University, on panel “Claiming South Asia in Diaspora” (panel organizer), May 2012

“The Punjabi-U.K. Diaspora and the Politics of Violence and Disorder, 1975-1985,” Burdens: Writing British History after 1945 at The Center for British Studies, University of California- Berkeley, on panel “Difference and Politics of Social Solidarity,” April 2012

“Samosas at the Cinema: The Diasporic Politics of Food and Identity for the Punjabi Community in London c. 1955-1976,” Food and the City Conference at Boston University, on panel “Cities, Cuisine and Identity,” February 2012

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