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 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 receiving his doctorate, he earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary 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.  At present, he is working on a project concerning the Wahhabi movement in colonial south India.  Dr. Mallampalli is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.  At Westmont, he teaches courses in World History, modern South Asia, British Empire, and comparative Asian history. He is married to Beverly Chen, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist.

Recent Publications


'Race, Religion and Law in Colonial India' Trials of an Interracial Family (Cambridge, 2011)

Christians and Public Life in Colonial South India: Contending with Marginality (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004).


“Missionaries and Ethnography in the Service of Litigation,” in Heather Sharkey (ed.), Unexpected Consequences: Christian Missionary Encounters and Cultural ‘Conversions’ in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia (Syracuse University Press).

“Escaping the Grip of Personal Law in Colonial India: Proving Custom, Negotiating Hindu-ness.” Law and History Review, Volume 28, Issue 4 (November 2010), pp. 1043-1065.

 “Cosmopolitanism in the Hinterland?  Bellary District through Fresh Lenses, 1800-1840” Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 46, No. 2, 183-210 (2009).