Dr Vernon Hewitt

Dr Vernon Hewitt

Dr Vernon Hewitt
Senior Lecturer in Politics

Room G.07, 4 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 954 6658

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Lecturer at Bristol from 1987, Senior Lecturer from 2002. University of Bristol Research Fellowship 1998-99.


My interests remain largely situated in the developing, less-industrialised world.

I am interested in the nature of the post-colonial state, in the types of nationalism that such societies have attempted to construct and sustain, and how such nationalisms have interacted with specific economic and political strategies (industrialisation, democratisation, secularism, etc). My interests remain dominated by (or grounded in) a detailed understanding of the politics of South Asia, India and Pakistan in particular. Yet I have become increasingly interested in the wider political theory issues of representation and governmental accountability, both in terms of development strategies, but also in terms of attempts to deal with ethnic issues and ethnic formations contesting state power. My interests in the global aspects of state formation (international order and regulation) remain.

I am currently working on comparative history of India and Pakistan, and the rise of Hindu chauvinism.


I am particularly interested in using primary sources in analysing current issues in South Asian politics, notably ethnicity and nationalism, and in the politics of development.

I am currently teaching:

  • 31337: The Founding of Modern South Asia
  • M3010: Capitalism and Good Government

Key publications

  1. Hewitt, V 2008, ‘Kashmir Nationalism’. in: GH Herb, DH Kaplan (eds) Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview. ABC-CLIO, pp. 162 - 179
  2. Hewitt, V 2007, ‘Never Ending Stories: Recent Trends in the Historiography of Jammu and Kashmir’. History Compass, vol 5 (2)., pp. 288 - 301
  3. Hewitt, V 2007, ‘Political Mobilisation and Democracy in India: States of Emergency’. Routledge
  4. Hewitt, V 2006, ‘A Cautionary Tale: Colonial and post-colonial conceptions of good government and democratisation in Africa’. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, vol 44 (1)., pp. 41 - 61
  5. ZAVOS, J, Wyatt, A & Hewitt, V 2004, ‘The Politics of Cultural Mobilization in India’. Oxford University Press India

Latest publications

  1. Duffield, M & Hewitt, V 2009, ‘Development and Colonialism: The Past in the Present’. James Currey
  2. Duffield, M & Hewitt, V 2009, ‘Introduction (Empire and Colonialism: The Past in the Present)’. in: M Duffield, VM Hewitt (eds) Empire and Colonialism: The Past in the Present. James Currey, pp. 1 - 15
  3. Hewitt, V 2009, ‘Empire, Capitalism and the Ideologies of Development’. in: M Duffield, VM Hewitt (eds) Development and Colonialism: The Past in the Present. James Currey
  4. ZAVOS, J, Wyatt, A & Hewitt, V 2004, ‘De-constructing the Nation: politics and cultural mobilization in India’. in: J Zavos, A Wyatt, V Hewitt (eds) The Politics of Cultural Mobilization in India. Oxford University Press India, pp. 1 - 13
  5. Wyatt, A, ZAVOS, J & Hewitt, V 2003, ‘Decentring the Indian Nation’. in: A Wyatt, J Zavos (eds) Decentring the Indian Nation. Frank Cass Publishers, pp. 1 - 7

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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