Dr. Sanjay Joshi

(BA, MA University of Delhi, PhD University of Pennsylvania, 1995)
India, World, Nationalism and Colonialism, South Asia
Email: Sanjay.Joshi@nau.edu
Website: jan.ucc.nau.edu/~sj6/
Office phone 928-523-6216
Office LA 206

Research areas 

My main areas of interest are in social, cultural, and intellectual history of modern South Asia with a focus on the middle class in colonial India. My first book, Fractured Modernity, focused on the role of public-sphere institutions in the making of a middle class in colonial India. Originally published by Oxford University Press in 2001, the book was reissued in hardcover in 2002, and then as a paperback in 2005.  My second book was an edited volume, The Middle Class in Colonial India, and was published as part of Oxford University Press’ Themes in Indian History series in 2010. A second and third hardback impressions were released in 2010 and 2011. 

I am currently writing parts of my next major project, examining communities, clans, and families as sites to better understand notions of belonging.  For this research, I have turned to Kumaon, the small region in the hills of north India. Using a variety of traditional archival data as well as family papers, genealogies, photographs and oral narratives, I hope to produce a second monograph in the not too distant future!

Courses taught  

  • Historiography and Methodologies (Graduate Seminar)
  • Worlding the Middle Class: Readings in World History (Graduate Seminar)
  • Readings in Colonialism and Nationalism (Graduate Seminar)
  • Subaltern Subjects and Postcolonial Histories (Graduate Seminar)
  • Religion Politics and Power in the Modern World (both as a Graduate and Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Film and Partition (Capstone Seminar)
  • Pre-Modern India 
  • The Making of Modern Asia
  • Gandhi's India
  • Contemporary India
  • History of South Asia Through Film 

Teaching areas 

Other than courses on modern Asian history and histories of India, my teaching interests include studies of comparative colonialism and nationalism, the place of religion in the modern world, postcolonial theory and the writing of history, and other themes relating to modernity and its “others.”  

Recent academic awards

  • Northern Arizona University Faculty Research Grants, 2006, 2008-09, and 2012.
  • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship. Department of Education, 2004.
  • Senior Research Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies, Chicago. (Awarded NEH funds for “superior scholars/Indologists in the humanities”), 2003.
  • Senior Short-term Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies, Chicago, 2000. Organized Research Grant, Northern Arizona University. 2006, 2000, 1999 and 1997.

Sample of recent and forthcoming publications 

The Middle Class in Colonial India, ed. with Introduction by S. Joshi (Oxford: Delhi, India, 2010) Second and third hardback impressions 2010, 2011.

 “Thinking About Modernity From the Margins: The Making of a Middle Class in Colonial India.” In, Abel Ricardo López and Barbara Weinstein ed.s “We Shall Be All”: A Transnational History of the Middle Class. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

“The 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.

“Contesting Histories and Nationalist Geographies : A Comparison of School Textbooks in India and Pakistan.” 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.

Fractured Modernity: The Making of a Middle Class in Colonial North India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001. Second hardback impression, 2002, paperback edition, 2005.

“Re-Publicizing Religiosity: Modernity, Religion and the Middle Class.” In Derek Peterson and Darren Walhof eds. The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief and Politics in History. Rutgers University Press, 2002, pp. 79-99. 

Sample of book reviews 

Empire’s Garden: Assam and the Making of Modern India. Jayeeta Sharma. Social History (forthcoming).

The Making of Awadh Culture, Madhu Trivedi. The Book Review (India), XXXV, 3 (March, 2011): 82.

Middle Class Values in Indian and Western Europe, Imtiaz Ahmad and Helmut Reifeld eds. Contributions to Indian Sociology 43, 2 (June, 2009): 327-29.

Being Modern in the Middle East: Revolution, Nationalism, Colonialism and the Arab Middle Class, Keith David Watenpaugh. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 29, 2 (2009): 334-36.

Men, Women and Domestics: Articulating Middle-Class Identity in Colonial Bengal. Swapna M. Banerjee. Journal of Asian Studies 66, 2 (May 2007): 564-566.

Conflict Unending: India-Pakistan Tensions Since 1947, Sumit Ganguly. The Historian, 67, 02 (2005), pp. 341-42.

Subaltern Studies Vol. XI : Community, Gender, and Violence, edited Partha Chatterjee and Pradeep Jeganathan.” Journal of Asian Studies, 62, 4 (November 2003), pp. 1273-74. 

Gender, Caste, and Religious Identities: Restructuring Class in Colonial Punjab, Anshu Malhotra. H-Asia, (September 2003). 

Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India, Nicholas B. Dirks. American Historical Review, 108, 1 (February 2003), p. 180.

Sample of conference papers  

Aap Kaun Hue? Or What it Means to Belong: Studying Community in early twentieth-century colonial Kumaon. Invited presentation at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Seminar, New Delhi, India. July 12, 2012.

What Makes a Community? Emotions, Expediency and the Politics around Overseas Travel in early Twentieth Century Kumaon (north India). Invited presentation at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Program in History of Emotions, Berlin, Germany. July 12, 2011.

Juliet Got it Wrong: Naming and the complications of identity among Christian converts in Kumaon, ca. 1850-1930. Paper presented at the World Christianity Conference, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. February 2-4, 2011.

Free to Wander”: Some Questions, Predicaments and Possibilities about Family Histories and Domestic Archives. Invited presentation at University of Michigan, South Asia Center. March 20, 2009.

Familiarizing History: Writing About the History of the Family in Colonial India. Paper presented at the Twentieth Meeting of the International Association of Historians of Asia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. November 14-17, 2008.

The Specter of Comparisons: Studying the Middle Class of Colonial India. Invited presentation at “The Middle Classes in India: Economy, Identity and the Public Sphere.” Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. March 15-17, 2007.

Beyond A Hyper-Real Europe? The Issue of Comparisons in Studying the Middle Class of Colonial India. Paper presented at the Nineteenth European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands, June 27-30, 2006.

Recent professional and public service

  • Vice President, American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), 2012-13.
  • Executive Committee, AIIS, 2011-13 (also 2003-06)
  • Selection Committee, AIIS,  2011-14 (also 2004-05)
  • National Screening Committee (India), Junior Fulbright-Hays Program 2011
  • Founding President, South Asian Caucus, American Historical Association 2007-08 (now the “Society for Advancing the History of South Asia” [SAHSA])
  • Executive Committee, Society for Advancing the History of South Asia 2008-09
  • Manuscript Review, Journal of Asian Studies, Cultural Anthropology.
  • External reviewer, promotion and tenure, Carleton College, Dartmouth College.