Sonali Dhanpal

RHS Marshall Fellow, 2021-22

Sonali Dhanpal is an RHS Marshall Fellow, 2021-22, held jointly with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Sonali’s 6-month Fellowship runs from October 2021 to March 2022.

As a Marshall Fellow, Sonali will complete her PhD, entitled ‘Contested Bangalore: Caste, colonial and princely politics’ at the University of Newcastle.

Sonali studies the city of Bangalore, south India, in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Breaking new ground on colonial urbanism in South Asia, her research focuses on Bangalore, a capital of a princely state, examining residential extensions and housing between the late 19th and early 20th century.