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