Richard Barnett

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

(434) 924-6396
384 Nau
Office Hours: Th 2:00-3:30pm & by appt. Thurs. 2-3:15, or by appt.

Field & Specialties

Medieval and Early Modern South Asia
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh


B.A. Wooster 1963
M.A. U.C. Berkeley 1966
Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley 1975


“Heroinism and its Weapons: Women Power Brokers in Early Modern Bhopal” in Ezra Rashkow, et al., eds.,                   Memory, Identity and the Colonial Encounter in India: Essays in Honour of  Peter Robb (forthcoming, Routledge, 2017)

"Strategies Under Stress: Army Management and Environment in late pre-colonial Bahawalpur," in Raziuddin Aquil and Kaushik Roy, eds., Warfare, Religion, and Society in Indian History (Delhi: Manohar, 2012), pp. 225-48.


"The Pre-colonial Indus Valley, Post-Mughal Politics, and the Variable Frontiers of the State," in Muhammad Qasim Soomro and Ghulam Muhammad Lakho, eds., Sindh: Glimpses into Modern History (Jamshoro: University of Sindh Press, 2009), 145-156.


South India between Empires: State, Culture and Identity in Hyderabad (In progress).

(Ed.) Rethinking Early Modern India (Delhi: Manohar, 2002)


"'Ripping Yarns and Rippling Dunes,' State Building in Early Modern Cholistan," in Saeed Shafqat, ed., New Perspectives on Pakistan (Karachi: OUP, 2007), pp. 66-85.


"Embattled Begams: Women as Power Brokers in Early Modern India," in Gavin Hambly, ed., Women in the Medieval Islamic World: Power, Patronage and Piety (New York: St. Martins, 1998) 521-36..


"Rethinking Early Modern India." The Historian, Fall 1997


North India Between Empires: Awadh, the Mughals, and the British, 1720-1801. Berkeley: University of California, 1980. Indian edition Delhi: Manohar, 1987. Pakistani edition Lahore: Vanguard, 1988.


"Natural Resource and Water Conservation in 18th-century States," in Nazir Ahmad, ed., President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad Commemoration Volume Delhi: OUP, 1994


"The Greening of Bahawalpur: Ecological Pragmatism and State Formation in pre-British Western India, 1730-1870," Indo-British Review XV:2 (Dec. 1988), 5-15, reprinted in

Nurul Zaman Ahmad Auj, ed., Bahawalpur ka Sadiq Dost (Bahawalpur: Urdu Academy, 1992)


Various Entries in Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopaedia Iranica, New Dictionary of National Biography, Encyclopaedia of Asian History.


Current Research

My first book concerns state formation and regional culture in North India during the eighteenth century, after the Mughal Empire fell apart and before British hegemony was extended to inland areas. My edited book assesses scholarship on 18th-century India, with interdisciplinary perspectives.  My next monograph is on Indo-Muslim civilization in Hyderabad during c. 1750-1803, the era of regional autonomy, increasing pressure from the British, and early inroads of the world economy.

Awards & Honors

American Institute of Pakistan Studies travel grants, 2015 and 2016

Faculty on Semester at Sea, Spring 2010

University of Virginia Summer Research Grant, 2009

The Lantern Society Award for Leadership in Women's Education, 2008

University of Virginia Sesquicentennial Associateship, 2008

United States Department of Education Summer Grant, 2002

University of Virginia Summer Research Grant (USEMS), 2001

N.E.H. Fellowship for University Teachers, 1998-99

Thomas Jefferson Visiting Professorship, Downing College, Cambridge University, Spr. 1999.