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Irina Spector-Marks


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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • modern British Empire
  • South Asia, Indian Ocean World, and South Asian diaspora

Research Description

  • My dissertation examines the responses of Indians to anti-Indian immigration legislation in South Africa and Canada in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  In particular, I focus on the ways in which transnational circulation of print culture created a shared discourse of imperial citizenship that Indians throughout the British Empire used to claim rights of free migration.  


  • B.A., History, Macalester College 2008

Distinctions / Awards

  • Joseph Ward Swain Seminar Paper Prize, History Department, UIUC (2011)
  • Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, Graduate College, UIUC (2009-2010; 2010-2011; 2012-2013)
  • Ernest R. Sandeen Memorial Prize, History Department, Macalester College (2008)


  • HIST 100 Global History (T.A. Fall 2011)
  • HIST 100 Global History (T.A. Spring 2012)