Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Assistant Professor of History
Joined Connecticut College: 2012
B.A., Loyola University Chicago; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., M. Phil.; Ph.D., Columbia University
South Asian history
Inequality and urbanization
Sheetal Chhabria is a historian of South Asia with interests in the problems of inequality in social and cultural life. Her research focuses on the intensification and alleviation of urban poverty in cities like Bombay and Karachi through the long 19th century, seeking to embed South Asia’s urban “slum” problem within the global urban housing and labor crisis at the turn of the century.
Her teaching and research grounds South Asian history in the debates on the dynamics of empire, capitalism and liberalism, challenging the implicit and explicit comparative claims that have been made about colonial cities, their legibility in the discourse on global slums, and theories of incomplete modernization or development.
Prior to joining Connecticut College’s history department, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Historical Analysis at Rutgers University.
At Connecticut College she teaches courses on South Asian History and Postcolonialism, foregrounding issues of power in the crafting of historical narratives across time and space.