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Sadiah Qureshi

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Sadiah Qureshi, FRHistS, is a Professor, holding a Chair in Modern British History at the University of Manchester. She is an expert on race, science and empire in the modern world.


Qureshi was awarded all of her degrees from the University of Cambridge. Her DPhil (2005) thesis was entitled Living Curiosities: Human Ethnological Exhibitions in London, 1800-1855.[1] She received her MPhil in 2001, and began her academic career with first-class honours degree in the Natural Sciences.[2] [3][4]


Following her DPhil, Qureshi held a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group on a five-year Leverhulme funded project entitled ‘Past versus Present: Abandoning the Past in an Age of Progress’, which explored Victorian notions of the past.

In 2013, her book, Peoples on Parade: Exhibitions, Empire and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2011) was joint winner of the Sonya Rudikoff Award for best first book published in Victorian Studies. In 2012, she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History from the Leverhulme Trust in recognition of her outstanding research.[4] Qureshi is working on the history of extinction for her second book, Vanished: Episodes in the History of Extinction. She received a mid-career fellowship from the British Academy for this project.

Qureshi is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She contributed to the RHS's Race, Ethnicity & Equality Working Group to examine the challenges facing black and minority ethnic historians in UK higher education.[5] Qureshi has contributed to media outlets such as the New Statesman, The Conversation and the London Review of Books.


  • Peoples on Parade: Exhibitions, Empire, and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain. 2011, University of Chicago Press.
  • ''Star-Spangled Racism'' New Statesman, 2017, pp. 44–45.
  • ''We Prefer their Company'' London Review of Books, 2017, pp. 39–40.
  • 'Peopling the landscape: Showmen, displayed peoples and travel illustration in nineteenth-century Britain', Early Popular Visual Culture, 2012, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 23–36.
  • 'Robert Gordon Latham, Displayed Peoples and the Natural History of Race, 1854-1866', The Historical Journal, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 143–166.
  • 'Displaying Sara Baartman, the ‘Hottentot Venus’', History of Science, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 233–257

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  1. ^ "Living curiosities: human ethnological exhibitions in London, 1800–1855". idiscover.lib.cam.ac.uk. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 5 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Displaying Sara Baartman, 'The Hottentot Venus'". idiscover.lib.cam.ac.uk. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 5 June 2023.
  3. ^ "Media Diversifed". 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Sadiah Qureshi". David Higham Associates. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Race, Ethnicity & Equality Group | Historical Transactions". Retrieved 12 October 2021.