Natasha Pairaudeau is an independent Cambridge-based scholar. She conducted research in Vietnam's uplands as a social development consultant before undertaking a PhD in history at the University of London (SOAS, 2009). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, and a member of the EU research consortia SEATIDE and CRISEA. She has taught Southeast Asian and World History at the Cambridge Faculty of History and Murray Edwards College, and is an affiliated scholar at the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Natasha's research interests broadly include migration and its role in spurring social and political change, with a focus on South and Southeast Asia. Her book Mobile Citizens: French Indians in Indochina, 1858-1954, was published by NIAS Press in 2016. It examines the dynamics of citizenship, race and status in the French empire through a close study of Indian migrants from Pondicherry and other French comptoirs, and the claims they made to citizenship when they migrated to Indochina. In addition to her long-standing interest in Indochina's migrant Indians, her research projects include studies of intermarriage and transnational family life in Southeast Asia, and specific histories of free migration to the region (Indian milkmen in Southeast Asia, Cambodia's Shan gem miners). She is currently at work on a book about the exile and political intrigues of the Burmese Prince Myingun in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.