Janaki Bakhle

Associate Professor


Columbia University, New York, NY, 1997-2001
PhD, Department of History

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1995-1996
MA, Department of History

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1984-1988
PhD candidate, Department of Mass Communications

University of Bombay, Bombay, India, 1979-1983
BA, Major: Economics

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 2005-2013

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

Awards & 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


 Nationalism in the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition 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.

Selected Articles

"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 2010.

"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.

Portrait of Professor Janaki Bakhle


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