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Michael S. Dodson is the academic director of the IU India Gateway and a professor of South Asian history at Indiana University Bloomington. He is a specialist on the history of northern India, with a particular interest in urbanism and architecture.
He is the author of two books: Orientalism, Empire, and National Culture: India 1770–1880 (2007) and Bureaucracy, Belonging, and the City in North India: 1870-1930 (2020). He is also the editor of Banaras: Urban Forms and Cultural Histories (2011) and co-editor, with Brian Hatcher, of Trans-colonial Modernities in South Asia (2012). He has published in journals such as Modern Asian Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and Modern Intellectual History and written for Scroll.in and PLATFORM.
He is currently researching a book on modern architecture in Delhi and is writing A History of South Asia: Culture, Politics, Society, and Architecture 1000-2000 for Oxford University Press.
He has worked extensively in the archives and libraries of India, and when he’s not in Bloomington or Delhi, he spends as much time as he can in the north Indian city of Varanasi.