Associate Professor (1974)
Office Hours: Thursday 2:00-3:15 and by appointment
Office: 384 Nau Hall
Phone: (434) 924-6396
Email: rbb (at) virginia.edu
Fields & SpecialtiesMedieval and Early Modern South Asia; Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh
B.A. Wooster 1963
M.A. U.C. Berkeley 1966
Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley 1975
"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.
Recent Awards and Activities
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.
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.