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Sanjay Subrahmanyam


Distinguished Professor & Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences


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Email    SUBRAHMA@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  9347 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-3376

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Professor and Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, joined UCLA in 2004. Educated at the University of Delhi and more particularly the Delhi School of Economics, the first decade of his working career was spent (with brief interruptions) teaching economic history and comparative economic development at the Delhi School of Economics, where he was named Professor of Economic History (1993-95). Thereafter, Subrahmanyam taught at Paris from 1995 to 2002 as Directeur d’études in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, holding a position on the economic and social history of early modern India and the Indian Ocean world.

In 2002, Subrahmanyam was appointed as the first holder of the newly created Chair in Indian History and Culture at the University of Oxford, a position he held for two years before moving to a chair in UCLA. From July 2005 to June 2011, he served as founding Director of UCLA's Center for India and South Asia.

In UCLA, Sanjay Subrahmanyam teaches courses on medieval and early modern South Asian and Indian Ocean history; the history of European expansion, the comparative history of early modern empires, and world history. He advises graduate students on Indian history, the history of the Iberian empires, and more generally on forms of "connected histories". He was Joint Managing Editor of the Indian Economic and Social History Review for over a decade, besides serving on the boards of a number of other journals in the US, UK, France, Portugal, and elsewhere.

In 2013, Sanjay Subrahmanyam was elected to a Chair in Early Modern Global History at the Collège de France in Paris, and delivered a full series of lectures there over the year 2013-14. Since 2014 he continues to lecture as a long-term visiting professor.

TV interview on MediaPart (May 2014). TV interview on France Info (April 2015).

He is currently working on a book on European constructions of India between 1500 and 1800, seen through the prism of collection, as well as a joint work on Indo-Persian first-person narratives with Muzaffar Alam (Chicago).

Degrees

M.A. Economics, 1982

Ph.D., Delhi School of Economics, 1987

D.Lit. [Honorary], University of Calcutta, 2015

Awards

- A.D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University, 2002-2008.
- Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2009.
- John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011-12.
- Infosys Humanities Prize, 2012.
- Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South, Library of Congress, 2013
- Professor of Early Modern Global History, Collège de France, 2013-14

Selected Publications

1. The Political Economy of Commerce: Southern India, 1500-1650, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

2. (Ed.) Merchants, Markets and the State in Early Modern India, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1990.

3. Improvising Empire: Portuguese Trade and Settlement in the Bay of Bengal, 1500-1700, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1990; revised Portuguese translation: Comércio e Conflito: A Presença Portuguesa no Golfo de Bengala, 1500-1700, Lisbon: Edições 70, 1994.

4. (with V. Narayana Rao and David Shulman), Symbols of Substance: Court and State in Nayaka-period Tamil Nadu, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992.

5. The Portuguese Empire in Asia, 1500-1700: A Political and Economic History, London and New York: Longman, 1993; 2nd edn. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012; Portuguese translation: O Império Asiático Português, 1500-1700: Uma História Política e Económica, Lisbon: DIFEL Editora, 1996; Chinese translation Putaoya diguo zai yazhou, 1500-1700: Zhengzhi he jingji shi, Macau: Comissão Territorial de Macau para as Comemorações dos Descobrimentos Portugueses, 1997; French translation, L’Empire portugais d’Asie, 1500-1700: Histoire économique et politique, Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 1999; 2nd edn. Paris: Le Seuil, 2013. Recipient of the Prémio D. João de Castro, Portugal, 1994.

6. (Ed.) Money and the Market in India, 1100-1700, Delhi: Oxford University Press, (Series: Themes in Indian History), 1994.

7. (Ed.) Merchant Networks in the Early Modern World (Series: An Expanding World, Vol. 8), Aldershot: Variorum Books, 1996.

8. (Ed. with Kaushik Basu) Unravelling the Nation: Sectarian Conflict and India’s Secular Identity, New Delhi: Penguin Books, 1996.

9. (Ed. with Burton Stein) Institutions and Economic Change in South Asia, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1996.

10. The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997; Spanish translation, Vasco de Gama, Barcelona: Crítica, 1998; Portuguese translation, A Carreira e a Lenda de Vasco da Gama, Lisbon: CNCDP, 1998; French translation,Vasco de Gama, Paris: Editions Alma, 2012; 2nd edn. Paris: Le Seuil, 2014.

11. (Ed. with Muzaffar Alam) The Mughal State, 1526-1750, Delhi: Oxford University Press (Series: Themes in Indian History), 1998.

12. (Ed.) Sinners and Saints: The Successors of Vasco da Gama, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1998.

13. Penumbral Visions: Making Polities in Early Modern South India, Delhi/Ann Arbor: Oxford University Press/University of Michigan Press, 2001.

14. (with Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman) Textures of Time: Writing History in South India, 1600-1800, New Delhi/New York, Permanent Black/Other Books, 2001/2003; French translation, Textures du temps: Ecrire l’histoire en Inde, Paris: Le Seuil, 2004.

15. (ed. with Claude Markovits and Jacques Pouchepadass)
Society and Circulation: Mobile People and Itinerant Cultures in South Asia, 1750-1950, New Delhi, Permanent Black, 2003.

16. (ed.) Land, Politics and Trade in South Asia, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004.

17. Explorations in Connected History: From the Tagus to the Ganges, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004.

18. Explorations in Connected History: Mughals and Franks, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004. Setsuzoku sareta rekishi, Japanese translation, University of Nagoya Press, 2009.

19. (ed. with Kenneth McPherson) From Biography to History: Essays in the History of Portuguese Asia (1500-1800), New Delhi: TransBooks, 2006.

20. (with Muzaffar Alam) Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400-1800, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

21. (Ed. with David Armitage) The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

22. (with Muzaffar Alam) Writing the Mughal World, Ranikhet/New York: Permanent Black/Columbia University Press, 2011.

23. Three Ways to be Alien: Travails and Encounters in the Early Modern World, (Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures), Waltham (Mass.): Brandeis University Press, 2011; French translation: Comment être un étranger: Goa – Ispahan – Venise, XVIe-XVIIIe siècles, Paris: Editions Alma, 2013.

24. Courtly Encounters: Translating Courtliness and Violence in Early Modern Eurasia (Mary Flexner Lectures), Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012.

25. Impérios em Concorrência: Histórias Conectadas nos Séculos XVI e XVII, Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2012.

26. Is 'Indian Civilization' a Myth?: Fictions and Histories, Ranikhet: Permanent Black, 2013 (Revised French version: Leçons indiennes: Itinéraires d’un historien, Paris: Editions Alma, 2015).

27. Aux origines de l'histoire globale (Leçon inaugurale au Collège de France), Paris: Fayard, 2014.

28. Mondi connessi: La storia oltre l'eurocentrismo, sec. XVI-XVIII, Rome: Carocci, 2014.

29. (Co-editor) The Cambridge World History, Vol. VI: The Construction of a Global World, 1400-1800 CE, Books 1 & 2, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

30. (Ed. with Henning Trüper and Dipesh Chakrabarty) Historical Teleologies in the Modern World, London: Bloomsbury, 2015. 







Graduate Students

Jyoti Gulati Balachandran (completed 2012)
Rajashree Mazumder (completed 2013)
Naindeep Chann
Nir Shafir (Middle East; joint advisee)
Subah Dayal
Cenan Pirani
Naveena Naqvi (joint advisee)

Current Courses by Term

2016 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of India

Europe and World: Exploration and Conquest, 1400 to 1700

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Winter Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- India

Topics in History: India

2015 Fall Quarter

Indo-Islamic Interactions, 700 to 1750

Departmental Seminar: Approaches, Methods, Debates, Practices

2015 Spring Quarter

Topics in History: India

2015 Winter Quarter

Europe and World: Exploration and Conquest, 1400 to 1700

Capstone Seminar: History -- World History

Topics in World History

2014 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of India

Capstone Seminar: History -- World History

Topics in World History

2014 Winter Quarter

Europe and World: Exploration and Conquest, 1400 to 1700

Capstone Seminar: History -- India

Topics in History: India

2013 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of India

Capstone Seminar: History -- India

Topics in History: India

2012 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2011 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of India

Seminar: Modern European History

2010 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Modern European History

2010 Spring Quarter

Europe and World: Exploration and Conquest, 1400 to 1700

Topics in History: India

2010 Winter Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- India

Topics in History: India

2009 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- India

Topics in History: India

2009 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of India

2008 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- India

Topics in History: India

2008 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of India

Topics in World History

2007 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: India

Topics in History: India

2007 Winter Quarter

Topics in World History

2006 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: India

Topics in History: India

2006 Winter Quarter

Europe and World: Exploration and Conquest, 1400 to 1700

Topics in World History

2005 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: India

Topics in History: India

2005 Winter Quarter

Europe and World: Exploration and Conquest, 1400 to 1700

Topics in World History

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 201K
Topics in History: India

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

HIST 21
World History, circa 600 to 1760

2016 Winter Quarter

HIST 191N
Capstone Seminar: History -- India

2016 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

HIST 204
Departmental Seminar: Approaches, Methods, Debates, Practices

2015 Fall Quarter

HIST M174D
Indo-Islamic Interactions, 700 to 1750

2015 Fall Quarter

HIST 214
Topics in World History

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 191O
Capstone Seminar: History -- World History

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

HIST 135A
Europe and World: Exploration and Conquest, 1400 to 1700

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 9A
Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of India

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2012 Fall Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

HIST M230B
Seminar: Modern European History

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST M230A
Seminar: Modern European History

2010 Fall Quarter

HIST 191N
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- India

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

HIST 191N
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: India

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter