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University of North Texas
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British Empire, war and society, South and Southeast Asia, colonialism, post-colonialism, race and religion, gender
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About Me

Kate Imy is a historian of the British Empire with an emphasis on culture, gender, and race in twentieth century warfare. She received her PhD at Rutgers in 2016 after completing research in English, Hindi,and Urdu supported by the Mellon and Fulbright foundations. Her first book, Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army, examines culture and anti-colonialism in the 20th century British Indian army. It won the Pacific Coast Branch Book Award of the American Historical Association. Her next project considers soldier and civilian experiences of war in Singapore and Malaya. She is a recipient of a Bernadotte E. Schmitt grant from the American Historical Association and the 2020-2021 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellow on Southeast Asia.

Recent Publications

Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army (Stanford, 2019).

**winner of the Pacific Coast Branch Award of the AHA

“Transactions: Sex, Power, and Resistance in Colonial South and Southeast Asia,” in Dagmar Herzog and Chelsea Schields, eds., The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism, accepted and under contract, 2021.

“Criminal Femininity: Reflections on Sex, Gender, and Colonialism in India,” extended review essay commissioned for American Historical Review, submitted.

“Kidnapping and a ‘Confirmed Sodomite’: An Intimate Enemy on the Northwest Frontier of India, 1915-1925,” Twentieth Century British History 28, 1 (March 2017): 29-56.

“Fascist Yogis: Martial Bodies and Imperial Impotence,” Journal of British Studies 55, 2 (April 2016): 320-343.

“Queering the Martial Races: Masculinity, Sex and Circumcision in the Twentieth Century British Indian Army” Gender & History, 27, 2 (August 2015): 374–396.
**Winner of the Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Prize (Coordinating Council for Women in History), presented at the American Historical Association (January 2017).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
British Empire, India, Singapore, Malaya
Expertise by Geography
Asia, British Isles, Southeast Asia, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Food History, Gender, Military, Religion, Sexuality, World War I, World War II