Professor Chester's work focuses on South Asian history and British imperial history, as well as links with Middle Eastern history. Her areas of teaching interest include modern empires, South Asia, the Palestine Mandate, transnational resistance to colonialism, borderland studies, cartographic history, gender studies, and international affairs. She has a special research interest in imperial cartography and the borderlands of empire. In 2009, she published _Borders and Conflicts in South Asia: The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Partition of Punjab_ (Manchester University Press). Her current book project, under contract with Oxford University Press, is tentatively titled 'Networks of Decolonization: Britain’s Withdrawal from South Asia and Palestine .' It examines imperial and anti-colonial links between India and Mandate Palestine in the 1920s-1940s. Her next project involves the geographic imagination of Pakistan.