Office: Richarda N6
Phone: 320 363 5224
Place of Birth:
New York City
BA: University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
Ph.D.: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in London, UK
Imperial history: South Asian, Islamic, British
South Asia Since 1500
Islam in South Asia
Gender and Empire
Islam and Modernity
I gained an appreciation of history as a teenager living in a town with historical ties (including buildings and monuments) to the American Revolutionary War. As an undergraduate at Penn, I became interested in South Asia and Islam by taking new courses that broadened my worldview, meeting people from around the world, and through student activities. Prior to coming to CSB/SJU, I held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University and taught South Asian history at the College of Charleston.
I am an avid amateur photographer (grudgingly making the transition to digital photography). I also enjoy the outdoors, including hiking and gardening, and I am in the process of becoming a 'master' gardener. And, I have become interested in yoga recently.
I am part of a range of history related organizations, including the American Historical Association, the Association for Asian Studies, and AsianNetwork. I also was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 2005.
My research examines modern South Asian and Islamic social and intellectual history, including religious reform and Muslim responses to British imperialism. I received a Fulbright and other awards to complete research in India, Pakistan, and the UK. My forthcoming book, Negotiating Muslim Identity: Education, Print and Intellectuals in Nineteenth Century Colonial North India, examines print, Islamic education, and religious identity in British India during the later nineteenth century.
*Negotiating Muslim Identity: Education, Print, and Intellectuals in Nineteenth Century Colonial North India. Cambria Press, forthcoming.
*Associate Editor, World History Encyclopedia. Era 6: The First Global Age- 1450-1770AD. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
*"Narratives of Reform and Displacement in Colonial Lahore: The Intikaal of Muhammad Hussain Azad." Journal of Punjab Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, Fall 2009.
*"A 'Vernacular' for a 'New Generation'? Historical Perspectives about Urdu and Punjabi, and the Formation of Language Policy in Colonial Northwest India," in Harold Schiffma, ed. Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and its Neighbors: The Changing Politics of Language Choice. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2011.