| Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Sanjay Subrahmanyam


Professor and Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair of Indian History, Department of History


University of California, Los Angeles


At the outset of his career, from 1983 to 1995, with brief interruptions, he taught economic history and comparative economic development at the Delhi School of Economics, where he was named Professor of Economic History (1993-95). Thereafter, Subrahmanyam taught at Paris as Directeur d’études in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, where he was from 1995 to 2002.

In 2002, Subrahmanyam was appointed as the first holder of the newly created Chair in Indian History and Culture at the University of Oxford. Since July 2005, he has served as founding Director of UCLA's Center for India and South Asia. In UCLA, Sanjay Subrahmanyam teaches courses on medieval and early modern South Asian and Indian Ocean history; the history of European expansion, the comparative history of early modern empires, and world history. He is also Joint Managing Editor of the Indian Economic and Social History Review, besides serving on the boards of a number of other journals in the US, UK, and Portugal. He serves on the editorial board of the multi-volume Cambridge History of the World, and will jointly edit Volume VI (in 2 parts) with J.H. Bentley.

Selected Publications

The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, C. 1760-1840. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: PalgraveMacmillan, 2010.

The Career and Legend of Vasco Da Gama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

and Sanjay Subrahmanyam. From the Tagus to the Ganges. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005.

and Sanjay Subrahmanyam. Mughals and Franks. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005.

The Political Economy of Commerce: Southern India, 1500-1650, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

(Ed.) Merchants, Markets and the State in Early Modern India, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Improvising Empire: Portuguese Trade and Settlement in the Bay of Bengal, 1500-1700, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1990.

The Portuguese Empire in Asia, 1500-1700: A Political and Economic History, London and New York: Longman, 1993.

(Ed.) Money and the Market in India, 1100-1700, Delhi: Oxford University Press, (Series: Themes in Indian History), 1994.

(Ed.) Merchant Networks in the Early Modern World (Series: An Expanding World, Vol. 8), Aldershot: Variorum Books, 1996.

The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

(Ed. with Muzaffar Alam) The Mughal State, 1526-1750, Delhi: Oxford University Press (Series: Themes in Indian History), 1998.

Penumbral Visions: Making Polities in Early Modern South India, Delhi/Ann Arbor: Oxford University Press/University of Michigan Press, 2001.

(ed. with Claude Markovits and Jacques Pouchepadass) Society and Circulation: Mobile People and Itinerant Cultures in South Asia, 1750-1950, New Delhi, Permanent Black, 2003.

Explorations in Connected History: From the Tagus to the Ganges, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Explorations in Connected History: Mughals and Franks, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004.

(with Muzaffar Alam) Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400-1800, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

(Ed. with David Armitage) The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.


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