Sunil Amrith

Sunil Amrith is Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies in the Department of History, Interim Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, and a Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics. His research is on the trans-regional movement of people, ideas, and institutions across South and Southeast Asia. Amrith's areas of particular interest include the history of migration, environmental history, and the history of public health. He is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, and received the 2016 Infosys Prize in Humanities. Amrith's most recent book is Unruly Waters (Basic Books and Penguin UK), a history of the struggle to understand and control water in modern South Asia. His previous book, Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants (Harvard University Press, 2013) was awarded the American Historical Association's John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History in 2014. He is also the author of Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Decolonizing International Health: South and Southeast Asia, 1930-1965 (Palgrave, 2006), as well as articles in journals including the American Historical Review, Past and Present, and Economic and Political Weekly. Amrith sits on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review and Modern Asian Studies, and he is one of the series editors of the Princeton University Press book series, Histories of Economic Life. Sunil Amrith grew up in Singapore, and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Harvard in 2015, he spent nine years teaching at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Executive Director
Steven Biel

Steven Biel has been Executive Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center since July 2005. He is also Senior Lecturer in History and Literature, where he served as Director of Studies from 1999 to 2006. He is the author of American Gothic: A Life of America's Most Famous Painting (W.W. Norton, 2005), Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster (W.W. Norton, 1996), and Independent Intellectuals in the United States, 1910-1945 (New York University Press, 1992), and the editor of American Disasters (NYU Press, 2001) and Titanica: The Disaster of the Century in Poetry, Song, and Prose (W.W. Norton, 1998).

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Candace Kang

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Laura Sargent