Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, History

Administrative Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Department of History, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of History, Stanford University (2004 - 2011)
  • Acting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Stanford University (2003 - 2004)
  • Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2013 - 2014)
  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities (2013 - 2014)
  • Fellow, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Fellowship, Department of History Research, UC Berkeley (2001 - 2002)
  • Helen Wallis Fellowship, British Library (2001 - 2002)
  • Fellowship, Department of History Research, UC Berkeley (2000 - 2001)
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellowship, Smithsonian Institute (2000 - 2001)
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Prospectus Summer Fellowship, Department of History, UC Berkeley (1999 - 1999)
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship (German), UC Berkeley (1998 - 1998)
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, UC Berkeley (1997 - 1998)
  • Regents Fellowship (Urdu), UC Berkeley (1997 - 1998)

Honors & Awards


  • Invitation to Kandersteg Seminar, Remarque Institute, NYU (2012-2013)
  • Book Prize, Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies (2010)
  • Featured Scholar, British Scholar (2009)
  • Herbert Baxter Adams Book Prize, American Historical Association (2009)
  • Pacific Coast Branch Book Award, American Historical Association (2009)
  • Invitation to Global Creative Leadership Summit, Louis Blouin Foundation (2009)
  • Walter D. Love Article Prize, North American Conference on British Studies (2007)
  • Article Prize, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (2007)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Advisor, Between the Rivers Productions, LLC, makers of “Letters from Baghdad” (2013 - 2013)
  • Member, Advisory Board for The 1947 Partition Archive (2011 - Present)
  • Participant, Stanford scholars trip to Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, Nevada (2013 - 2013)
  • Member, The British Empire at War Research Group (2013 - 2013)
  • Member, International Board, Twentieth Century British History (2008 - 2013)
  • Co-organizer (with Juan Cole), Presidential Panel for AHA Boston (2011 - 2011)
  • Member, Fundraising and Local Arrangements Committee, PCCBS/NACBS San Francisco (2007 - 2007)
  • Consultant on US policy in Afghanistan, New America Foundation (2009 - 2010)
  • Referee, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Referee, Princeton University Press
  • Referee, Cambridge University Press
  • Referee, IB Tauris
  • Referee, Bloombury
  • Referee, American Historical Review
  • Referee, Technology and Culture
  • Referee, Twentieth Century British History
  • Referee, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
  • Referee, Journal of Strategic Studies
  • Member, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies
  • Member, North American Conference on British Studies
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Reappointment Committee for Edith Sheffer, History Department, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Chair, TIG Graduate Admissions Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, Policy Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Chair, Diversity Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee (and Teaching Prize Committee), History Department, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee (and Teaching Prize Committee), History Department, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, Honors Thesis Prize Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2011 - 2011)
  • Member, Ad-hoc Greening committee, History Department, Stanford University (2010 - 2010)
  • Member, Committee on Department Seminar, History Department, Stanford University (2008 - 2008)
  • Member, Committee on Department Seminar, History Department, Stanford University (2010 - 2010)
  • Member, Committee on Department Seminar, History Department, Stanford University (2010 - 2011)
  • Member, Brainstorming new TIG field in History department, History Department, Stanford University (2009 - 2009)
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2008 - 2008)
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2010 - 2011)
  • Member, Working Group on South Asia Initiative, History Department, Stanford University (2008 - 2008)
  • Member. South Asia Search Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Rosenfeld Dissertation Prize Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2006 - 2006)
  • Member, Affirmative Action Committee, History Department, Stanford University (2004 - 2006)
  • Member, Ad-hoc recruitment committee for South Asian history, History Department, Stanford University (2004 - 2005)
  • Member, Coordination of British History Graduate Admissions, Building British Studies, Stanford University (2005 - 2005)
  • Member, Coordination of British History Graduate Admissions, Building British Studies, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
  • Member, Coordination of British history graduate admissions, Building British Studies, Stanford University (2008 - 2008)
  • Member, Coordination of British history curriculum, Building British Studies, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Coordination of British history curriculum, Building British Studies, Stanford University (2007 - 2008)
  • Member, Coordination of British history curriculum, Building British Studies, Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • Coordinated rewriting of British history field for graduate handbook, Building British Studies, Stanford University (2004 - 2005)
  • Member, Stanford-Berkeley British History Reading Group, Building British Studies, Stanford University (2004 - Present)
  • Founder/Member, Junior Faculty Reading Group, History Department, Stanford University (2004 - 2008)
  • Member, Junior Faculty Reading Group, History Department, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Member, Stanford-Berkeley British History Reading Group, Stanford University (2004 - Present)
  • Member, European History Workshop, History Department, Stanford University (2005 - 2005)
  • Member, European History Workshop, History Department, Stanford University (2006 - 2006)
  • Member, European History Workshop, History Department, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
  • Member, European History Workshop, History Department, Stanford University (2010 - 2010)
  • Member, Empires and Cultures, Humanities Center Workshop, Stanford University (2003 - 2005)
  • Member, Imperial Legacies, Stanford University (2009 - 2009)
  • Member, Comparative, Imperial and Trans-National History, Stanford University (2009 - Present)
  • Member, Program Committee for Center for South Asia, Stanford University (2014 - Present)
  • Member, University Committee on Libraries (C-Lib), Stanford University (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Pre-Major Advising for Class of 2018, Stanford University
  • Member, Tenure Committee for Saikat Majumdar, Stanford University (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Senate of the Academic Council, Forty-Fifth Session, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
  • Member, Organizing committee for Partitions Workshop, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
  • Member, Dean of Admissions pilot program for contracting prospective admits, Stanford University (2012 - 2012)
  • Affiliate Researcher, Stanford’s The Europe Center, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Affiliation with History of Science Program, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Advisory Council for Center for South Asian Studies, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Advisory Council for Center for South Asian Studies, Stanford Universit (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, Sophomore Mentoring Program, Stanford University (2004 - 2007)
  • Member, Development of new History I-HUM course, Worlds of Islam, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Review of British field fellowship applications, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (2010 - 2010)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, History (2004)
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, History (1999)
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, Development Studies (Economics) (1996)
  • B.S., Stanford University, Chemistry (1995)
  • B.A., Stanford University, International Relations (1995)

2016-17 Courses


All Publications


  • Byron, Gandhi and the Thompsons: the Making of British Social History and Unmaking of Indian History HISTORY WORKSHOP JOURNAL Satia, P. 2016: 135-170

    View details for DOI 10.1093/hwj/dbw012

    View details for Web of Science ID 000376401300007

  • Drones: A History from the British Middle East Humanity Satia, P. 2014; 5 (1): 1-3
  • The Battle for the Mind: War and Peace in the Era of Mass Communication (Book Review) TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE Book Review Authored by: Satia, P. 2013; 54 (1): 218-219
  • The Pain of Love: The Invention of Aerial Surveillance in British Iraq From Above: The Politics and Practice of the View from the Skies Satia, P. edited by Adey, P., Williams, A. London: Hurst and OUP. 2013
  • Interwar Agnotology: Empire, Democracy and the Production of Ignorance Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation-building in Britain between the Wars Satia, P. edited by Beers, L., Thomas, G. London: Institute of Historical Studies. 2012
  • Lack of Public Debate on US Drone Programme is Dangerous PublicServiceEurope.com Satia, P. 2012
  • Review of The Logistics and Politics of the British Campaigns in the Middle East, 1914-1922 Journal of British Studies Satia, P. 2012; 51 (2): 515-517
  • 'A Rebellion of Technology’: Development, Policing, and the British Arabian Imaginary Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East Satia, P. edited by Davis, D. K., Burke III, E. Ohio University Press. 2011: 23–59
  • Stages of Capital: Law, Culture, and Market Governance in Late Colonial India Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business Satia, P. 2011; 12 (2): 472-475
  • War, Wireless, and Empire Marconi and the British Warfare State, 1896-1903 TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE Satia, P. 2010; 51 (4): 829-853
  • The American Insurgency in Iraq? History News Network Satia, P. 2010
  • Signatory of The New Way Forward: Rethinking U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan Report of the Afghanistan Study Group Satia, P. 2010
  • Attack of the Drones NATION Satia, P. 2009; 289 (15): 14-?
  • Brilliant Insights That Led Us Astray in Iraq Financial Times Satia, P. 2009: 7
  • From Colonial Air Attacks to Drones in Pakistan New Perspectives Quarterly Satia, P. 2009; 26 (3): 34-37
  • Painful Questions Times Literary Supplement Satia, P. 2009: 23
  • The Arabian Frontier of the British Raj: Merchants, Rulers, and the British in the Nineteenth- Century Gulf Journal of British Studies Satia, P. 2009; 48 (3): 789-791
  • Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East Satia, P. New York: Oxford University Press. 2009
  • Empires of Intelligence: Security Services and Colonial Disorder after 1914 Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History Satia, P. 2009; 10 (1)
  • From Colonial Air Attacks to Drones in Pakistan New Perspectives Quarterly Satia, P. 2009; 26 (3): 34-37
  • Iraqis Are Too Shrewd to Fall for an ‘Invisible’ Occupation Financial Times Satia, P. 2009: 9
  • The Shadow of History Passes over Pakistan Financial Times Satia, P. 2009: 11
  • Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East Satia, P. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008
  • The True Story of the Iraqi Civil War History News Network Satia, P. 2008
  • Lessons in Imperialism from Iraq's Past H-Albion Satia, P. 2008
  • Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East Satia, P. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008
  • The Grim Reaper in Iraq’s Skies Stanford Report Satia, P. 2008
  • Almost Englishmen: Baghdadi Jews in British Burma (Book Review) H-Albion Satia, P. 2008
  • The Forgotten History of Knowledge and Power in British Iraq, or Why Minerva’s Owl Cannot Fly Social Science Research Council Forum on “The Minerva Controversy” Satia, P. 2008
  • Managing British Colonial and Post-Colonial Development: The Crown Agents, 1914-74. (Book Review) TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH HISTORY Book Review Authored by: Satia, P. 2008; 19 (3): 376-380
  • Developing Iraq: Britain, India and the redemption of empire and technology in the First World War PAST & PRESENT Satia, P. 2007: 211-255
  • Air Control and the British Idea of Arabia Penultimate Adventures with Britannia: Personalities, Politics and Culture in Britain Satia, P. edited by Louis, W. R. London, New York, Austin: I. B. Tauris. 2007: 77–91
  • Lessons in Imperialism from Iraq's Past The College Quarterly Satia, P. 2007
  • Developing Iraq: Britain, India, and the Redemption of Empire and Technology in World War I Past and Present Satia, P. 2007; 197: 211-55
  • The defense of inhumanity: Air control and the British idea of Arabia AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW Satia, P. 2006; 111 (1): 16-51
  • The Defense of Inhumanity: Air Control in Iraq and the British Idea of Arabia American Historical Review Satia, P. 2006; 111: 16-51