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Ashish Koul

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2017
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  Asian History

Thematic Field(s):  Political and Policy History; Religious History

Principal Research Interest(s):  19th and 20th century South Asia


Ashish Koul specializes in the history of South Asia from the eighteenth century to the present. Her research investigates the historical processes through which collective identities take shape and transform in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Her current book project, provisionally entitled “The Politics of Muslim Caste: Arains in Twentieth Century South Asia,” examines the intertwining of caste, religion, and politics in the historical trajectory of a South Asian Muslim community called the Arains. Paying attention to changing ideas about history and genealogy, religious practice, and political representation, her book analyzes articulations of Arain identity during a period when this community, and South Asia as a region, witnessed the transition from British colonial rule to post-colonial nationhood.

During the academic year 2018-19, she will teach the following courses:

Fall 2018

History of modern South Asia (lecture)

Winter 2019

Islam and Gender in the modern world (freshman seminar)
Frontiers, Borderlands, and Nationalisms (undergraduate seminar)

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