Janaki Bakhle

Real name: 
Associate Professor
Office Hours: 
On Leave for 2016-2017 Academic Year
3209 Dwinelle
(510) 642-1971

Columbia University, New York, NY, 1997-2001
Ph.D., Department of History

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1995-1996
M.A., Department of History

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1984-1988
Ph.D. candidate, Department of Mass Communications

University of Bombay, Bombay, India, 1979-1983
B.A., Major: Economics

Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 

Intellectual History of Religion, Politics and Modern India



Director. South Asia Institute, Columbia University, 2009-2016

Associate Professor with tenure, Department of History, Columbia University, July 2010-2013

Associate Professor, South Asian History, Department of History, Columbia University, September 2005- Assistant Professor, South Asian History, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, July 2002-2005

Adjunct Lecturer. Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, Spring 2002

Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Minnesota Press, 1990-1995

Assistant Editor, Temple University Press, 1988-1990


Scholastic Awards and Fellowships

Senior Short-term Fellowship, American Institute of lndian Studies, 2007

Senior Fellowship Award, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2007

Hettleman Award for Junior Faculty Research, Columbia University, 2005

Senior Short-term Fellowship, American Institute of lndian Studies, 2005

Junior Research Fellowship, American Institute of lndian Studies, 1999

Fulbright-Hays Junior Research Fellowship, declined, 1999

Vice President's Fellowship, Columbia University, 1997-2001

Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, Languages: Urdu and Marathi, Title VI, University of
Pennsylvania, 1995-1996

Representative Publications: 


Two Men and Music: Nationalism and the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005; New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2006. Shortlisted for Hutch Crossword  Book Award (India); shortlisted for the Lionel Trilling Award, Columbia University.


"Putting Global Intellectual History in its Place" in Global Intellectual History. Eds. Moyn, Samuel and Sartori, Andrew. New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming December 2012.

"Savarkar (1883-1966), Sedition, and Surveillance: the rule of law in a colonial situation," in Social History. vol. 35, no. I, February 2010.

"Country First? Vinayak Damodar Savarkar ( I883-I966) and the Writing of Essentials of Hindutva," Public Culture 22:I, February 20 I 0.

"Music as the Sound of the Secular," Comparative Studies in Society and History, January 2008.

Review of "Peasant Pasts: History and Memory in Western India," by Vinayak Chaturvedi in Journal of Anthropological Research. vol. 64, 2008.


Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2015 114B Modern South Asia
Fall 2015 114B Gandhi's India
Fall 2015 280F Caste, Culture, Religion: The Anthro-History of South Asia
Fall 2015 100U From Plato to NATO: Great Books, Big Ideas
Fall 2014 275F Subaltern Studies