Prof Joshua EHRLICH

Prof Joshua EHRLICH

Assistant Professor
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Consultation Hours
Tuesdays and Fridays: 10am-11am

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  • Ph.D., History, Harvard University, 2018
  • M.A., History, Harvard University, 2013
  • B.A. (Honors), History, University of Chicago, 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
  • Associate Scholar, Asia Center, Harvard University, 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, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 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)



“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



“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