Satya Gunput

PhD in History
Birkbeck, 2017 to 2020

Satya is a PhD candidate in History at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research reappraises the history of immigration and ethnicity in post-war Britain and how it was affected by local and national government. His main focus will be reconstructing Southall, a district of London, as a site of conflict around difference since the 1950s. This will provide the basis for examining wider debates around multiculturalism among black and minority ethnic communities and the impact of policies associated with multiculturalism.

He received an MA in Historical Research from Birkbeck College in 2016, after completing his BA (Hons) in Modern History at Christ Church, University of Oxford. His broader research interests include post-colonialism, trans-nationalism, and intersections between race, class and gender. This has comprised work into black feminist groups in Britain, the South Asian diaspora, and mental health among Afro-Caribbean migrants in Britain.

While at Oxford, Satya was awarded a Full Blue for fencing, having captained the University’s 1st team for two consecutive years. He continues to compete in fencing at an international level. During his sporting career he has travelled widely and represented clubs in Cuba, Ukraine and France.

We look forward to welcoming our most recent Scholar, Satya Gunput, who will embark on his studies at Birkbeck in the autumn.