Kate Imy | Department of History

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Kate Imy

Assistant Professor
Office: 
WH 266
Highlights: 
Modern Britain

I am a historian of war and empire teaching classes on questions of identity (race, gender, class, religion) in the twentieth-century British imperial world. My first book, Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army was released by Stanford University Press in 2019. My second book project examines the colonial origins of the "hearts and minds" idea of war, and is entitled "Hearts and Minds: War, Empire, and Military Culture in Singapore and Malaya."

I have conducted research and presented my work in India, Nepal, the U.K., Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. I have received a Lee Kong-Chian Stanford-NUS fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship (India), a fellowship from of the Institute of Historical Research (London), and two U.S Department of State Critical Language Fellowships (Hindi and Urdu). My service to the university and profession include my current role as managing editor of the British Journal for Military History.

I have coordinated or co-organized several international conferences and events, including mentoring networks on "Borderlands and Migrations" and "Women in Military History," three conferences related to the History of the Body, and a conference at UNT entitled "Imperial Legacies of 1919." I am interested in advising students on topics related to war, identity, and empire.

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Key publications:

Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army, Stanford University Press, 2019.
**Winner of the American Historical Association's Pacific Coast Branch Book Award

"Dream Mother: Race, Gender, and Intimacy in Japanese-Occupied Singapore," submitted and under consideration with the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

"Colonialism and Sexuality in South and Southeast Asia," in Dagmar Herzog and Chelsea Schields, eds., The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism, under contract.

"Beyond Amritsar: The Indian Army and the Fight for Empire, 1918-1920," in Romain Fathi, ed. The British Empire Beyond the Armistice: Overlooked Aftermaths, 1918-1920. Book proposal under consideration with Oxford University Press.

"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).

Recent Accomplishments and Awards:

Lee Kong Chian Stanford-NUS Fellowship on Southeast Asia, 2020-2021, for eight months of research and writing at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University, postponed due to COVID-19.

American Historical Association, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant for Research in European, African, or Asian History, for research in Malaysia, 2020-2021.

American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch Book Award, outstanding first monograph on any historical subject, for Faithful Fighters, 2020.

UNT Scholarly and Creative Award, for research in Malaysia, 2020-2021.

Collaborator (with primary investigator Amy Milne-Smith) for five-year SSHRC (Canada) conference-organizing grant, "Madness and Mental Health in the British Army," 2019-2024.

Creative and Research and Enhancement Activity Time for Engagement (CREATE) Grant, Office of Faculty Success, University of North Texas, for research travel to Australia and New Zealand, Summer 2019.

Mentoring Micro Grant, "The Gendered Environments of War: Mentoring for Women in Military History," Office of Faculty Success, University of North Texas, June 2019-May 2020.

Lead Organizer, "Imperial Legacies of 1919," Conference held at the University of North Texas April 2019, with 13 panels, two keynotes, two film screenings, and over 200 guests.

Society for Military History, Conference Organizing Grant for "Imperial Legacies of 1919," received January 2019.

Charn Fund Grant, Conference Organizing Grant for "Imperial Legacies of 1919," received June 2018.

Society for the Social History of Medicine (UK), Conference Organizing Grant for "The Body in Colonial India" at Goldsmiths, University of London, received May 2018.

Scholarly and Creative Award, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, UNT, for research in the UK, Summer 2018.

Junior Faculty Fellowship, for research in the U.K., Summer 2017.

Global Engagement Grant, UNT-International, University of North Texas, for research travel to the UK, Summer 2017.

Royal Historical Society (UK), Conference Organizing Grant for "The Body in Colonial India" at Goldsmiths, University of London, received December 2017.

Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Prize, Coordinating Council for Women in History of the American Historical Association (January 2017).

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