Jyoti Balachandran - Assistant Professor of History
Colgate faculty member Jyoti Balachandran

Jyoti Balachandran

Assistant Professor of History
History, 326 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7085


BA (2000), MA (2002), MPhil (2005), Delhi University, India; MA (2006), PhD (2012), University of California, Los Angeles


Medieval and Early Modern South Asia; Gujarat and the Indian Ocean world; Muslim communities in South Asia; Persian sufi literature.


Medieval and Mughal India; Regional histories; Comparative history of early modern empires; Arabic literature produced in and/or related to South Asia; Muslim travelers and the Indian Ocean world; Sufism.


HIST 268A: South Asian History up to c. 1500 C.E.
HIST 269A: History of Early Modern and Modern South Asia, c. 1500-1990 C.E.
HIST 362A: The Mughal Empire, c. 1500-1750 C.E.
HIST 363A: History of the Indian Ocean World
CORE 166C: India
FSEM 187A: Beyond the Taj Mahal: The History of Islam in India

Professional Experience

2005- 2007: Program assistant, Center for India and South Asia, University of California, Los Angeles.
2003- 2005: Editorial assistant, Indian Economic and Social History Review.


Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in 15th-century Gujarat (book manuscript under preparation)

 “Ḥājjī al-Dabīr” in Encyclopedia of Islam, THREE. Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Leiden: Brill, 2016: 77-8.

 “Exploring the elite world in the Siyar al-Awliyā’: Urban elites, their lineages and social networks”, Indian Economic and Social History Review, 52:3, September 2015: 241-270.

"Malik Ayāz and his letter to Ottoman Sultan Selim I about the Christians controlling the coasts of India", Bibliographical History of Christian-Muslim Relations, 1500-1900. Leiden: Brill, 2015: 768-773.

Review of “Society, Space, and the State in the Deccan Sultanates, 1565-1636”, by Roy S. Fischel, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Chicago, 2012, http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/6443, posted September 26, 2013.

Review of Farhat Hasan,State and Locality in Mughal India: Power Relations in Western India, c. 1572-1730, Cambridge, 2004 in Indian Economic and Social History Review, 44, December 2007, pp. 540-1.

"Amir Khwurd’s Usage of Sijzi and Barani: The Making of the Siyar al-Awliya", Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, 64th Session, 2003, pp. 509-17.


PhD dissertation (2012): "Texts, Tombs and Memory: The Migration, Settlement and Formation of a Learned Muslim Community in Fifteenth-Century Gujarat". Reviewed online here.

MPhil dissertation (2005): “Stature, Social Relations and the Piety-Minded: Reading Amīr Khwurd’s Siyar al-Awliyā’”


  • Kallgren Fund Travel Grant, Colgate University (2013-14) for travel to Uzbekistan (with Jessica Graybill, David Robinson, and Kira Stevens)
  • UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship (2011-12)
  • UCLA Asia Institute Graduate Fellowship (2008-09 and 2010-11)
  • Mellon Pre-Dissertation Fellowship (2008-09)
  • UCLA Chancellor’s Prize – Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (summer 2007 & 2006)


Member, American Historical Association, Association for Asian Studies, Society for Advancing the History of South Asia, Indian History Congress.