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Noelle Richardson


Dr. N.N. Richardson
+31 71 527 2663

Noelle Richardson is a postdoc at the Institute for History.

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Dr. Noelle Richardson is a postdoctoral researcher in the NWO-VICI project “Exploiting the Empire of Others: Dutch Investment in Foreign Colonial Resources 1570-1800”. She obtained her PhD at the European University Institute, Florence in 2019 after completing her MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Oxford. She was lecturer at Utrecht University and project leader and coordinator of the research profiles 'Leiden Global Interactions' and 'Asian Modernities and Traditions' at Leiden University.


I am particularly interested in the history of imperialism 'from below', namely the dynamics and consequences of colonial society-state interactions from the perspective of local mercantile actors in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. In addition to focusing on the importance of these actors in the history of globalization, cross-cultural trade, and the rise of global commercial networks, I am also interested in the construction of empire and the intricacies of European imperial and colonial formation and governance. In particular, I am interested in questions of subjecthood and citizenship, the emergence of legal and administrative frameworks that sought to govern (and limit) diversity, and the ideological discourses surrounding caste, race and gender.

My current research project focuses on private Dutch firms and entrepreneurs and their attempts to exploit intra-Asian trade in South and Southeast Asia, exploring in particular their reliance on, and partnerships with, local mercantile actors and intermediaries.

Grants and awards

2014 - 2015 4 Research Grant Awards (European University Institute)
Sep. 2013 - 2017   EUI National Grant (PhD Scholarship)
June 2011    Rajiv Gandhi Traveling Scholarship awarded by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust & Cambridge Overseas Trust
June 2011    Research Grant awarded by the Faculty of Inner and South Asian Studies, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford



  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Economische en Sociale geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.18a



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