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British Empire, film, war and society, South and Southeast Asia, colonialism, post-colonialism, race, religion, gender
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Kate Imy is a screenwriter and historian. She participated in the Outfest Screenwriting Lab (2022) and Writers Guild Foundation Veterans Writing Project (2023-2024) with her screenplay, BLACK WATERS. It was inspired by her first book, Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army. Faithful Fighters won the NACBS Stansky prize and the Pacific Coast Branch Book Award of the American Historical Association. It was re-released with Bloomsbury India. BLACK WATERS won the Josephson Entertainment Feature Fellowship from the Austin Film Festival.

Kate’s second book, Losing Hearts and Minds: Race, War and Empire, is forthcoming in 2024 with Stanford University Press. A screenplay based on this project placed in the Academy Awards Nicholl fellowship. Additionally, Kate is a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, two CLS awards (Hindi and Urdu), a fellowship from the Institute of Historical Research (London), and a Bernadotte E. Schmitt grant from the American Historical Association. In 2021 she was the Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Fellow on Southeast Asia. She is also co-editor of  Bodies Beyond Binaries in Colonial and Postcolonial Asia, forthcoming with Leiden University Press.

Recent Publications

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

**winner of the NACBS Stansky prize

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

**honorable mention, American Political Science Association, Best International
Security Book by a Non-Tenured Faculty Member

“Dream mother: Race, gender, and intimacy in Japanese-occupied Singapore,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 52, 3 (September 2021): 464-491.

“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