Patrick is an historian specializing in post-independence India. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the Indian Emergency, 1975-77.
In his current research, he is exploring the ideas of the future that underpinned political thinking in India, particularly in the pivotal period from the death of Nehru to the death of Indira Gandhi. He is examining the political and social effects of these ideas, for example, how projected dystopian futures legitimised drastic action in the present, including population control and anti-urbanisation policies. Patrick also has a strong interest in youth politics during the Indian Emergency and twentieth-century Indo-British relations.
Patrick studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, completing a BA in History and an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies before writing his PhD thesis, “The Indian Emergency, 1975-77”. Patrick joined Somerville in January 2014.