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. 

Fractured Modernity: The Making of a Middle Class in Colonial North India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Middle Class in Colonial India.” For The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History David Ludden ed. http://asianhistory.oxfordre.com/ (forthcoming)

“Juliet Got it Wrong: Names and Identities among Christian converts in Kumaon, 1850-1930. Journal of Asian Studies. 74, 4, (November 2015): 843-862.

“Thinking 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.

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, 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.

Non 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).

The 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

National Competitive Fellowships

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.

University Awards

Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant, Northern Arizona University      2015-16

Faculty Research Grant, Northern Arizona University                                  2012