Prof Joshua EHRLICH

Prof Joshua EHRLICH

Assistant Professor
8822 8359

Consultation Hours
11:30 am - 12:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

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  • Ph.D., History, Harvard University (USA), 2018
  • M.A., History, Harvard University (USA), 2013
  • B.A. (Hons), History, University of Chicago (USA), 2009
Research Interests
  • History of knowledge
  • History of political thought
  • History of corporations
  • History of historiography
  • Global and transregional history
  • East-West interactions
  • Modern and early modern South and Southeast Asia
  • Modern and early modern Britain and British Empire
Courses Regularly Taught
  • Historical Theory and Practice
  • Studies in Imperialism (MA)
  • The British Empire and the World
  • Trade, Empire, and Globalization (GE)
Professional Affiliations
  • Visiting Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), 2020
  • Associate Scholar, Harvard University (USA), 2019
Awards & Honors
  • Startup Research Grant, University of Macau, 2018–2021
  • Max Weber Fellowship, European University Institute, 2018–2019 (declined)
  • Bernadotte E. Schmitt Research Grant, American Historical Association, 2018
  • Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grant, Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, 2017
  • Krupp Foundation Research Fellowship, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 2015–2016
  • Mughal Persian Language Scholarship, American Institute of Indian Studies, 2015
  • Dissertation Travel Grant, North American Conference on British Studies, 2014–2015
Selected Publications


  • The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge (in preparation)



  • “New Lights on Raja Krishnachandra and Early Hindu-European Intellectual Exchange,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (forthcoming)
  • “Plunder and Prestige: Tipu Sultan’s Library and the Making of British India,” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (forthcoming)
  • “Empire and Enlightenment in Three Letters from Sir William Jones to Governor-General John Macpherson,” The Historical Journal, vol. 62, no. 2 (June 2019), 541–551
  • “The Crisis of Liberal Reform in India: Public Opinion, Pyrotechnics, and the Charter Act of 1833,” Modern Asian Studies, vol. 52, no. 6 (November 2018), 2013–2055
  • “William Robertson and Scientific Theism,” Modern Intellectual History, vol. 10, no. 3 (November 2013), 519–542



  • “Anxiety, Chaos, and the Raj,” The Historical Journal, vol. 63, no. 2 (June 2020), 777–787
  • “The Calcutta Pococurante Society: Public and Private in India’s Age of Reform,” Public Domain Review (August 2016); republished by Paris Review DailyScroll.in3 Quarks Daily



  • Blog posts for Harvard South Asia Institute Blog
  • Book reviews for Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Reviews in History, Sehepunkte