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Dr Gagan D. S. Sood

Assistant Professor

Other Titles: Coordinator of BA/BSc History Dissertations (HY300)
Research Interests: Premodern India and the Islamic Heartlands; the Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman Empires; Early Modern Globalisation; Transition to Modern Colonialism
Room: SAR.2.07
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6025

Educated at the University of Cambridge and Yale University, Gagan Sood received his doctorate from Yale’s Department of History in 2008. 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 fields of current interest lie in premodern India and the Islamic heartlands.

Through focusing on the daily lives of traders, pilgrims, scholars and other footloose types, Dr Sood’s current project seeks to recapture the connective tissue binding much of what we today know as the Middle East and South Asia before the nineteenth century. In so doing, it aims to shed light on major though now obscured facets of this region’s past, both in the context of the early modern world and of its differentiated transitions into modern times. Drawing on a broad range of sources in local and regional languages, findings from this project have appeared in a number of scholarly journals, including Past & Present. Its culmination will be a book due to be published shortly by Cambridge University Press. As this project winds down, he has started gearing up for the next one, which pivots on the realities of everyday governance in the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires. 

His recent publications include:

  • Between Empire and Ecumene: India and the Islamic Heartlands in the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Sovereign Justice in Precolonial Maritime Asia: The Case of the Mayor’s Court of Bombay, 1726-1798’, Itinerario 37:2 (2013), 46-72
  • ‘An Islamicate Eurasia: Vernacular Perspectives on the Early Modern World’, in Michael E. Bonine, Abbas Amanat & Michael E. Gasper (eds), Is there a Middle East? The Evolution of a Geopolitical Concept (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012), 152-169 & 262-265
  • ‘Circulation and Exchange in Islamicate Eurasia: A Regional Approach to the Early Modern World’, Past & Present 212 (2011), 113-162
  • ‘Asking about origins’, Science 326:5957 (2009), 1190-1191
  • ‘The Informational Fabric of Eighteenth-century India and the Middle East: Couriers, Intermediaries and Postal Communication’, Modern Asian Studies 43:5 (2009), 1085-1116
  • ‘“Correspondence is Equal to Half a Meeting”: The Composition and Comprehension of Letters in Eighteenth-Century Islamic Eurasia’, Journal of the Economic & Social History of the Orient 50:2-3 (2007), 172-214

Full list of publications on LSE Research Online|