Dr Alexander Morrison
Quondam Fellow since 2013
Alexander Morrison won a Philip Leverhulme Prize in November 2012. In 2013 he published three new articles, and continued to work on a monograph on the Russian Conquest of Central Asia, making research trips to Kazakhstan and Georgia. In his capacity as President of the European Society for Central Asian Studies he organised the Society's 13th biennial conference in August 2013. He accepted the post of Professor of History at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, which he will take up in January 2014. As a result he is resigning his Fellowship with effect from 2 November 2013.
- Quondam Fellow, All Souls College (from 2013)
- Fifty-Pound Fellow, All Souls College (from 2008 to 2013)
- Professor-Elect of History, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan (from 2014)
- Lecturer in Imperial History, University of Liverpool (from 2007 to 2013)
- Prize Fellow, All Souls College (from 2000 to 2007)
- Undergraduate, Oriel College, Oxford (from 1997 to 2000)
- Russian colonial rule in Central Asia
- British colonial rule in India
- Islam in the Russian Empire
- Nineteenth-century Iran
- Particular interest in looking at continuities between pre-colonial and colonial regimes and at the dependence of European rule on local clients and collaborators in non-settler colonies
- 'The Pahlen Commission and the Re-establishment of Rectitude in Transcaspia, 1908-1909' Revue Monde(s), Histoire, Espaces, Relations No.4 (2/2013) pp.45 - 64
- 'Twin Imperial Disasters. The Invasions of Khiva and Afghanistan in the Russian and British Official Mind, 1839 - 1842' Modern Asian Studies (August 2013) pp 1 - 48
- 'AMLĀKDĀRS, KHWĀJAS AND MULK LAND IN THE ZARAFSHAN VALLEY AFTER THE RUSSIAN CONQUEST' in Paolo Sartori (ed.) Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia (19th - early 20th Century) (Leiden: Brill, 2013)
- 'The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Colonial Comparisons' Kritika. Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History Vol.13 No.4 pp.919-936
- 'Sufism, Panislamism, and Information Panic. Nil Sergeevich Lykoshin and the aftermath of the Andijan Uprising' Past & Present Vol.214 No.1 (February 2012) pp.255 - 304
- 'Metropole, Colony, and Imperial Citizenship in the Russian Empire' Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History Vol.13 No.2 (Spring 2012) pp.329 - 366
- '"Sowing the Seed of National Strife in this Alien Region": The Pahlen Report and Pereselenie in Turkestan, 1908 - 1910' Acta Slavica Iaponica Tomus 31 (2012) pp.1 - 29
- ‘“Applied Orientalism” in British India and Tsarist Turkestan’, Comparative Studies in Society and History Vol.51 No.3 (July 2009) pp.619-647
- Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868–1910. A Comparison with British India (Oxford University Press, 2008)
- ‘What is Colonisation? An alternative view of Taming the Wild Field’, Forum for Anthropology and Culture, vol. 4 (2007), pp.402-15
- ‘Russian Rule in Turkestan and the Example of British India, c. 1860-1917’, Slavonic and East European Review, vol. 84, No. 4 (October 2006), pp.666-707
- ‘“White Todas”: the Politics of Race and Class amongst European settlers on the Nilgiri Hills, c. 1860-1900’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 32, No. 2 (May 2004) pp.54-85
Teaching and supervision
- The history of 19th century European Imperialism
- Central Asia c.1500-present
- The Russian Empire c.1600-present
- British India 1757-1947
- ‘European Imperialism and the Islamic World c.1780-1914’ as 3rd year special subject
- ‘Indian Nationalism and the Partition of the Subcontinent c.1880-1947’ as 2nd year special subject
- Would be interested in supervising doctoral dissertations on Russian, South Asian or Central Asian history c.1750 – 1920
Other professional memberships and roles
- Fellow, Royal Historical Society (from 2011)
- President, European Society for Central Asian Studies (from 2011 to 2013)
- Member, Central Eurasian Studies Society (from 2005)
- Founder Member, The Oxford Society for the Caspian and Central Asia (from 2003)
- Member, British Association for Slavonic & East European Studies (from 2011)
Research awards and grants
- Philip Leverhulme Prize (from 2012).
- Gibbs Prize (from 2000).
- AHRC early career research grant with Dr Berny Sebe, University of Birmingham: "Outposts of Conquest: the History and Legacy of the Fortresses of the Steppe and the Sahara in Comparative perspective (1840s to today)" (from 2012 to 2014).
- British Academy Small Research Grant: "Russia's Great Game" (from 2009 to 2010).
- British Academy Small Research Grant: "The Russian Conquest of Central Asia: an international workshop". (from 2012 to 2013).