Gagan D. S. Sood is associate professor in early modern international history at the London School of Economics. Educated at Cambridge and Yale, Dr Sood received his doctorate from Yale’s Department of History. Before arriving at the LSE, he held research and teaching positions at Cambridge, the European University Institute and Yale. Outside the LSE, he is co-editor of the Journal of Global History.
Dr Sood’s main research interests lie in the Middle East and South Asia between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. He is also interested in Europe, China and India, and their role in the genesis of the modern world. These interests stem from earlier work on everyday connections spanning the Middle East and South Asia in the eighteenth century. Its findings, which culminated in India and the Islamic Heartlands (CUP, 2016), reframe our understanding of the larger region at a pivotal stage in its history, and offer fresh perspectives on early modern Eurasia and the transition to colonialism. More recently, Dr Sood has embarked on a new project about sovereign governance in the Mughal and Ottoman worlds over the seventeenth century. Initial findings have been published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (2020) and Modern Asian Studies (2021).
The Seminar will be held at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Marston Road, 5.00pm.