Associate Professor Emeritus
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.
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.
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship: Pakistan, India, U.K. 1998-99
U.Va. Sesquicentennial Associateship (research leave) 1998-99
U.S. Dept. of Education Summer Grant (gender studies curriculum 1998
USEMS Summer Research Grant, U. Va. 1996
Jamila Hashmi Memorial Lecture, Al-Hamra, Lahore, Pakistan 1993
Fulbright Faculty Research Fellowship; Pakistan, India, U.K. 1991-92
American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship (declined) 1991-92
American Institute of Pakistan Studies Senior Research Fellowship (declined) 1991-92
U.Va. Sesquicentennial Associateship (research leave) 1991, 1981
Wilson F. Gee Summer Research Grants 1975, '77, '79, '85, '87
Fulbright Faculty Research Fellowship; Pakistan, India, U.K. 1985-86
Fulbright Faculty Research Fellowship; Pakistan, India, U.K. 1977-78
American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship 1977-78
ACLS/SSRC South Asia Senior Research Fellowship 1977-78
ACLS/SSRC South Asia Junior Research Fellowship 1969-71
NDEA Language Fellowships: Hindi, Urdu, Persian 1965, '66, '67
Wooster-in-India Program, 20 months study, teaching in India 1963-65
Galpin Memorial Award (one of two in class), College of Wooster 1963
KnightsMemorial Award (one of two in class), Southeast High School, Kansas City 1963
Internet and Popular Press Publications