Chandra Mallampalli

Chandra Mallampalli

Professor of History
Phone: (805) 565-6139
Office Location: Deane Hall 205

Office Hours
Only by appointment

Modern South Asia

Chandra Mallampalli holds the Fletcher Jones Foundation Chair of the social sciences.  He began his teaching in Westmont’s history department in the fall of 2001. He came to us from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he completed his doctoral work in modern South Asian history. Prior to earning his Ph.D. he studied theology and worked as a journalist in South Asia. His scholarly work addresses a range of interests concerning the intersection of religion, law and society in colonial India. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he conducted research in India and the UK for his book, ‘Race, Religion and Law in Colonial India.’ His most recent book, ‘A Muslim Conspiracy in British India?’ examines an alleged conspiracy to drive the British out of India during the years of the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42). At Westmont, Professor Mallampalli teaches courses in World History, Modern South Asia, British Empire, and comparative Asian history. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University and is married to Beverly Chen, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist.

A Muslim Conspiracy in British India?Politics and Paranoia in the Early Nineteenth Century Deccan. (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Race, Religion, and Law in Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Christians and Public Life in Colonial South India (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004).

Articles/ Book Chapters

"A Fondness for Military Display: Conquest and Intrigue in South India during the First Anglo-Afghan War, 1839-40," forthcoming in Journal of Asian Studies.

Slaying Men with Faces of Women: Liberalism and patronage in the trial of a South Indian maulvi, 1839-40, Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 51, No. 3, May 2017, 825-66.

The Orientalist Framework of Religious Conversion in India, forthcoming in David Maxwell, Joel Cabrita (eds.), Relocating World Christianity: Interdisciplinary Studies in Universal and Local Expressions of the Christian faith (Leiden:  E.J. Brill, 2017), 162-88.


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