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Associate Fellow, Dr Elizabeth Collingham

Elizabeth Collingham   


Academic Profile

  • 2012-present: Associate Fellow, History Department, University of Warwick.
  • 2001-present: Independent Academic and Researcher.
  • 1998-2001: Junior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge.
  • 1997-1998: Lecturer, History Department, University of Warwick.
  • 1993-1997: PhD, Department of History, University of Cambridge.
  • 1991-1992: Taught MA, Women's Studies, University of York.
  • 1988-1991: BA 1st Class, History in the School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex.




  • The Taste of War. World War Two and the Battle for Food, Allen Lane, London, 2011.
  • Curry. A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors, Oxford University Press, New York, 2006.
  • Curry. A Biography, Chatto & Windus, London, 2005.
  • Imperial Bodies. The Physical Experience of the British Raj, c.1800-1947, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2001.


  • The Taste of War is currently being translated in to Japanese.
  • Curry. A Biography (in standard Chinese), Taiwan, Wealth Press, 2008.
  • Le Curry ou une histoire gastronomique de l’Inde, Les Editions Noir sur Blanc, Lausanne, 2007.
  • Curry. A Biography (in simplified Chinese), Shanghai Sanhui Culture and Press Ltd., 2006.
  • Curry (in Japanese), Kawade Shobo Shinsha Publishers, 2006.


  • ‘Japan and the Battle for Rice’, Asia Literary Review, Autumn 2011
  • ‘Classic. Special Sauce. Chicken Tikka masala’s serendipitous evolution’, Saveur Magazine (October 2009).
  • ‘Porridge and Peas: C. Stanton Hicks and Australian army rations’, Endeavour 33 3 (September 2009)
  • ‘How the Curry Trail led to Britain’, Daily Express, 29 July 05.
  • ‘Menu of discovery’ Books Quarterly (Waterstones magazine), 18 2005.


Media Work


  • I have been interviewed by a Japanese television company and for the BBC4 programme, Timeshift – Farm to Pharma, 30 April 2009, BBC4 21.00.


I have done numerous radio interviews for local radio stations in Britain, America and Australia, and also for national radio:

  • Ruby Murray – The secret History of Curry, BBC Radio 4, 9 April 2010, 11.00 a.m..
  • For BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3 on Woman’s Hour.
  • You and Yours.
  • The Today Programme.
  • Night Waves.


Recent Invited Lectures, Conferences and Seminar Papers

  • ‘Delight and disgust: the work of the senses’
  • Intoxication of the Senses Research Group, University of Cambridge, March 2012
  • ‘History through Food’
  • Comparative Social and Cultural History Seminar, University of Cambridge, February 2012
  • ‘Meat and Conflict’
  • Cambridge Food and Drink Network, University of Cambridge, November 2011
  • ‘The Taste of War’
  • Ilkley Literary Festival, Ilkley, October 2011
  • ‘The Taste of War’
  • Hay Literary Festival, Hay-on-Wye, May 2011