Andrew Whitehead

Member of Common Room

MA, PhD (Warwick), BA (Oxon)

Andrew Whitehead is a historian with research interests which include contemporary South Asia, and the recent history of Kashmir in particular, and the history of London and its representation in fiction. He has published, among other titles, A Mission in Kashmir (2007) – which was the basis for a PhD by published works awarded by the University of Warwick in 2013 – and, co-edited with Jerry White, London Fictions (2013). He is an editor of History Workshop Journal.

Andrew had a career with BBC News stretching over thirty-five years, including several years as the BBC India correspondent. He was the Editor of BBC World Service News when he took early retirement from the BBC in 2015. He’s an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham and at Queen Mary, University of London, and a visiting senior research fellow at the King’s India Institute at King’s College, London.

He has created two substantial audio archives of interviews with people who lived through the partition of India in 1947 and of conversations with British political activists – these have been deposited, respectively, with the archive of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and with the National Sound Archive at the British Library.

Andrew Whitehead’s personal website is