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Ian Barrow

Professor of History

South Asia, World History, East India Company

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 Fall 2021: Monday 10:15-12:15; Tuesday 10:00-11:00 via Zoom and by appointment
 Axinn Center 339

Ian Barrow is a historian of South Asia. He has written three books, most recently a history of the East India Company. His previous work focused on colonial mapping in India and Sri Lanka. He has won grants from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, the Social Science Research Council, and the J. B. Harley Research Fellowship program. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, his M.A. in history from the University of Virginia, and his B.A. in the college of letters from Wesleyan University. He has served as the history department chair, the director of the South Asian Studies program, and the director of the International Studies program. Among other projects, he is currently writing on “assassination museums” in South Asia, meaning museums and memorials that have been established to honor the memory of assassinated leaders.


The East India Company, 1600-1858: A Short History with Documents. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2017.

Surveying and Mapping in Colonial Sri Lanka, 1800-1900. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Making History, Drawing Territory: British Mapping in India, c. 1756-1905. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Selected Articles:

Finding the Nation in Assassination: The Death of SWRD Bandaranaike and the Assertion of a Sinhalese Sri Lankan Identity,’ The Historian, Vol. 76, Issue 4, Winter 2014, 784-802.

'The many meanings of the Black Hole of Calcutta,' in Tall Tales and True: India, Historiography and British Imperial Imaginings, ed. by Kate Brittlebank, (Monash University Press, 2008) 7-18.

'The Colonial Transition: South Asia, 1780-1840,' co-written with Douglas E. Haynes, Modern Asian Studies (38:3, 2004), 469-478.

'India for the Working Classes: The Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge,' Modern Asian Studies (38:3, 2004), 677-702.

'Surveying in Ceylon during the Nineteenth Century,' Imago Mundi (55, 2003) 81-96.

'From Hindustan to India: Naming Change in Changing Names,' South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (XXVI, 2003) 37-49.


Department of History

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Axinn Center at Starr Library
15 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753