A Professor of History
After earning his doctorate from the University of Chicago (1978), Michael Fisher has published widely on various aspects of the interaction between the peoples and polities of India and the expanding British empire. His most recent book is: Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain, 1600-1858 (Delhi: Permanent Black, 2004). Earlier books are: A Clash of Cultures: Awadh, the British and the Mughals (Manohar, 1987; Sangam, 1988), Indirect Rule in India: Residents and the Residency System (Oxford, 1991; 1998), The Politics of the British Annexation of India (Oxford, 1994), The First Indian Author in English: Dean Mahomed (1759-1851) in India, Ireland, and England (Oxford, 1996) and Travels of Dean Mahomet edited (University of California, 1997). At present, he is researching Asian and European Travel Narratives from the Mughal period (16th century to early 18th century) and also working on a project analyzing the control of political information from Mughal times to the colonial period. He succeeded Geoffrey Blodgett as Robert S. Danforth Professor of History in February 2000.
- FYSP 140: Pakistan: New Nation's Identities
- HIST 162: Cultures and Peoples of Ancient India
- HIST 283: Environmental Histories of South Asia
- HIST 163: Modern South Asia
- HIST 357: Non-Violent Opposition to British Imperialism: M. Gandhi