Associate Professor


Ph.D., South East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 2005
M.A., M.Phil, History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1988, 1992
B.A, History, Ramjas College, Delhi University, New Delhi, 1986 (with honors)

Regional and Thematic Interests

South Asia


Professor Gautam’s work focuses on the cultural, religious, and political history of India, particularly in the pre-modern period. His research interests also include war, sexuality, cinema and popular culture, historical consciousness, Islam in South Asia, and theories of history. He is currently working on a book that looks at the interface of politics, religion, and literature as it relates to the nature of historical consciousness in twentieth-century India. He is also working on a second project that focuses on the social and political history of the English language in India.

Selected Publications

2001 "Review of India: Emerging Power by Stephen Cohen." University of Chicago Newsletter.