Dr. Sanjay Joshi
Sanjay Joshi (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania,
South Asian History, 1995; M.A. Modern Indian History, University of Delhi,
1985) is a historian working on the intersection of power and culture with a
focus on South Asian history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His earlier books were on the middle class of
colonial India, and engaged with questions about colonialism, nationalism,
religion and communalism. Currently, he
is working on changing ideas and practices of belonging, focusing on the Kumaon
region in the foothills of the Himalayas.
He uses local histories -- of clans and communities, and of the everyday
concerns of families -- to question master narratives of colonialism and
nationalism that dominate South Asian historiography. Postcolonial historiography, imaginations of
geography, social histories of sport, particularly cricket, and connections of
modern religiosity and power, are among his other areas of interest. A strong
advocate for global learning at NAU, he was honored with the Provost Award for
Faculty Excellence in Global Learning at NAU in 2016. He has also been active in the interdisciplinary
Asian Studies program at NAU, and serves as program coordinator for 2016-17.
Sanjay Joshi has taught a large variety of courses over
the past twenty years at NAU, ranging from undergraduate surveys to graduate
courses. Over the last four years, he
has offered HIS 249 (Pre Modern India), HIS 251 (Making of Modern Asia), HIS 312 (Gandhi’s India), HIS 314
(Contemporary India), HIS 460 (Film and
History: Colonialism Nationalism and Modernity in India), HIS 498C, the capstone
seminar for Undergraduate majors on Partition, HIS 600 (Historiography and
Methodology – required for all graduate students in History), HIS 564 (Readings
in Colonialism and Nationalism), HIS 560 (Worlding the Middle Class), and HIS
520 (on Subaltern Subjects and Postcolonial Histories).
Belonging in the Himalayas: Community and Social
Capital in Kumaon, 1815-1950. (Monograph in Preparation)
Edited. The Middle Class in Colonial India. Oxford University Press Themes in Indian
History Series. Delhi: Oxford
University Press, 2010.
Modernity: The Making of a Middle Class in Colonial North India. Delhi: Oxford University Press,
“Middle Class in Colonial India.” For The
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History David Ludden ed. http://asianhistory.oxfordre.com/
Got it Wrong: Names and Identities among Christian converts in Kumaon,
1850-1930. Journal of Asian Studies.
74, 4, (November 2015): 843-862.
About Modernity from the Margins: The Making of a Middle Class in Colonial
India.” In, Abel Ricardo López and
Barbara Weinstein ed.s The Making of the Middle Class: A Transnational
History. Durham: Duke University
Press, 2012, pp. 29-44.
Specter of Comparisons: Studying the Middle Class of Colonial India.” In, Amita Baviskar and Raka Ray eds. Both
Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes. Delhi: Routledge, 2011, pp. 83-107.
“Contesting Histories andNationalist Geographies : A Comparison of School Textbooks in India andPakistan.” South Asian History and Culture 1, 3
(July 2010): 357–377.
“Virtually There: Cricket, Community, and Commerce on the Internet.” International Journal of the History of
Sport 24, 9 (September 2007): 1225 – 1240.
Also republished in Subhas Ranjan Chakraborty, Shantanu Chakrabarti,
Kingshuk Chatterjee ed.s. The Politics of Sport in South Asia, by J. A
Mangan, Boria Majumdar, Mark Dyreson.
New York: Routledge: 2009.
Peer Reviewed Essays (selection)
“Create, but don't destroy” Editorial page article in The Hindu (September 24, 2015)
“What Does it Mean to Belong” Lead article in The Hindu (June 8, 2015)
"AAP and the 1935 Parallel." Lead article in The
Hindu (April 2, 2015).
Middle Class: A History of Our Present.” Invited essay for the October 2014
issue of Welt-Sichten, Germany.
“Colonial Notions of South Asia.” South Asian Journal, 1,
(August September 2003), pp. 6-9.
Selected Research Awards
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship
U.S. Department of Education, 2004.
Senior Research Fellowship,
American Institute of Indian Studies, (NEH
funds for “superior scholars/Indologists in the humanities”), 2003.
and Creative Activities Grant, Northern Arizona University 2015-16
Faculty Research Grant, Northern
Arizona University 2012