Sheetal Chhabria

Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Assistant Professor of History

Joined Connecticut College: 2012

Ph.D., Columbia University


South Asian history


Urbanization, urban studies

Global History, globalization

Postcolonial studies


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 research and teaching 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. She is currently working on a book titled Making the Modern Slum: Housing Colonial Bombay's Laboring Poor, 1760-1930. The book is a critical history of the political economy of housing in colonial Bombay and the global representations of urbanism, sanitation, mobility and labor, which mediated the resolution of Bombay's poor housing problems.

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 postcolonial theory and practice. Each of her courses foregrounds issues of power in the crafting of historical narratives across time and space.

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Mailing Address

Sheetal Chhabria
Connecticut College
Box #5432
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


312 Winthrop Hall

Office Hours

Fall 2014: Wed. & Fri., 12-1 p.m. and by appointment.