The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Shweta Banerjee

PhD Program, Vanier Doctoral Scholar


Her doctoral dissertation is on sovereignty, banking and currency in India from 1750 to 1971, and her research interests include economy, finance, digital money in the British Empire and South Asia. She is currently studying precolonial, colonial, and post colonial currency and banking practices to offer a historical examination of the relationship between state, merchant-financier, and fiscal citizen. Before entering the PhD program she spent several years at the World Bank working on financial inclusion, digitization, and rural livelihood programs in South Asia.

Cross Appointments

Centre for South Asia Studies, University of Toronto


  • Vanier Doctoral Scholarship (2018 - 2021)
  • CP Stacey Scholarship (2016-2017)


  • MA Social Science, University of Chicago
  • BA Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
  • BA Honours History, University of Delhi