Dr Gagan D. S.  Sood

Dr Gagan D. S. Sood

Assistant Professor

Department of International History

Telephone
+44 (0)20 7955 6025
Extension
6025
Room No
SAR.2.07

About me

Educated at the University of Cambridge and Yale University, Gagan 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 (Florence, Italy) and Yale.

Dr Sood’s main interests currently focus on the Middle East and South Asia in the context of the early modern world.

Other titles: Masters Programme Admissions Advisor

Expertise

Premodern India and the Islamic Heartlands; the Mughal; Safavid and Ottoman Empires; Early Modern Globalisation; Transition to Colonialism

Teaching & supervision

Dr Sood teaches the following courses:

At the undergraduate level:

HY118: Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World, c. 1500-c. 1800 (taught jointly with other faculty members)

HY243: Islamic Empires, 1400-1800

At postgraduate level:

HY478: The Origins of the Modern World: Europe, China and India, 1600-1800

Publications

Dr Sood has just finished a major project that sought to recapture a vanished and forgotten world from the eighteenth century spanning much of today’s Middle East and South Asia. Based on the daily lives of traders, pilgrims, clerics and other footloose types, it helps us better understand the region during a pivotal moment in its history, and offers new answers to old questions concerning early modern Eurasia and its transition to colonialism. Findings from this project have appeared in a number of scholarly journals, including Past & Present, with its culmination being a monograph recently published by Cambridge University Press. Now that this project is at an end, Dr Sood has begun work on the next one, which pivots on the realities of governance under the Mughal and Ottoman empires in the seventeenth century.

His recent publications include:

Books

News & media

2016


New Book Out Now

Dr Sood's new book, India and the Islamic Heartlands: An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange, was published by Cambridge University Press on 31 March 2016. Based on the chance survival of a remarkable cache of documents, India and the Islamic Heartlands recaptures a vanished and forgotten world from the eighteenth century spanning much of today's Middle East and South Asia. The book helps us better understand the region during a pivotal moment in its history, and offers new answers to old questions concerning early modern Eurasia and its transition to colonialism. Read more about about the book on CUP's website. Order it on Amazon.