Assistant Professor, Department of History
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Ph.D. 2004 University of Cambridge
M.Phil. Jawaharlal Nehru University
M.A. Jawaharlal Nehru University
B.A. University of Delhi

Teaching Experience (5)
Name Of The Institution Position Held Period

Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan Permanent Lecturer 2006 to 2008
Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi Temporary Lecturer 2005 to 2006
Gargi College, University of Delhi Adhoc Lecturer 2005 to 2005
Hindu College, University of Delhi Adhoc Lecturer 2004 to 2004
Miranda House, University of Delhi Adhoc Lecturer 2004 to 2004
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Field of Specialization
18th-century Bengal/ Medieval and Early Modern India/ Early Modern Economic History
Courses Taught/Teaching
Teaching in academic year 2014-15:
• Pre-colonial and Colonial Economy: Business Communities, Markets and Maritime Empires, 15th to 18th century (Masters, semester 3)
• Medieval Indian History, 1300-1800: Political Culture (Masters, semester 3)
• Medieval Indian History, 1300-1800: Economy and Culture (Masters, semester 4)
• Medieval Europe: Institutions (UG Honours course, semester 2)
• Medieval India, 2 papers, (M.Phil, semester 2)
Research Area
Eighteenth-century Bengal - markets, trade, urbanisation, consumption, transport, pilgrimage, state and court culture.
8+ years
Conference Papers Published (3)
Title of the paper Conference Year Role Vol Number-Page Name

• ‘Of Rivers and Roads: Transport Networks and Economy in Eighteenth-century Bengal’ Yogesh Sharma, ed., Coastal Histories. Society and Ecology in pre-Modern India 2010 Author Delhi: Primus-15-42.
• ‘The Economic Dimensions of Pilgrimage in Eighteenth-century Bengal’ Bhaskarjyoti Basu, ed., Explorations in Economic and Social History, 1200-1900 2008 Author Visva-Bharati: Kolkata-195-232.
• ‘Commodities, Trade and the Economy of Bengal: A Reassessment of the Early English East India Company State’ S. Jeyaseela Stephen, ed., The Indian Trade at the Asian Frontier 2008 Author Gyan Publishing House: New Delhi-295-345.
Journal Papers Published (2)
Title of the paper Journal of publication Year Role Vol Number-Page Name

• ‘Markets in Eighteenth-century Bengal Economy’ Indian Economic and Social History Review 2011 Author 48, No. 2-143-176.
• ‘The Co-ordinating State and the Economy: The Nizamat in Eighteenth-century Bengal’ Modern Asian Studies 2009 Author 43, No. 2-389-436.
Books Published (1)
Book Title Publisher Name Year Role

Political Culture and Economy in Eighteenth-Century Bengal: Networks of Exchange, Consumption and Communication Orient BlackSwan 2013 First Author
Awarded By Award Name Year

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom Commonwealth Scholarship 1999
University Grants Commission Junior Research Fellowship 1998
Ph.D. Thesis Guidance (4)
Name Of The Scholar Title Of The Thesis Co-Superviser Status Year

Gargi Chattopadhyay ‘A Study of Three Locations along the Hooghly: Kasimbazar, Hugli and Sagor from the late Sixteenth to the early Nineteenth Century’ Ongoing
Paramita Maharatna ‘Bihar: Society, Economy and British Governance, 1765-1820’ Ongoing
Amrita Sengupta ‘Chuar Disturbances 1767-1833: Tribal/Peasant Resistance in Early Colonial Bengal’ Ongoing
Anamitra Chattopadhyay ‘Dacoity, Riverine Crime and Highway Robbery in the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth-century Bengal’ Ongoing
M.Phil. Thesis Guidance (3)
Name Of The Scholar Thesis Name Co-Superviser Year

Ananya Roy Choudhury ‘Some Reflections on the Chaitanya Vaisnavas in Medieval Bengal’ 2012
Soham Das Gupta ‘A General Survey of the Armenians: From Safavid Iran to Bengal, 1605 to 1757’ 2012
Amrita Sengupta ‘Chuar Disturbances: A Reassessment’ 2011
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