Advisor: Christopher Brown
Asheesh works on the history of the Atlantic world, the history of the book, the history of the modern state, modern Britain, colonial America, the history of information, and the general cultural and intellectual history of the Enlightenment in the broader Atlantic world and in global history. His previous degrees were done at Princeton (AB, 2007) and Oxford (M.Phil, 2009). He entered the program in 2009 and completed qualifying exams in May 2012 (fields: Atlantic World with Christopher L. Brown, Modern Britain with Susan Pedersen, Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History with Samuel Moyn, and Theories and Methods of Cultural and Intellectual History with Matthew L. Jones). With the support of the Social Science Research Council's International Dissertation Research Fellowship and the Columbia-GSAS Mellon Traveling Fellowship, he is spending 2012-2014 researching and writing his dissertation, "The Mediated Unmaking of Empire: Paperwork, Archive, and Political Praxis in the Late Eighteenth Century British Atlantic Enlightenment and its Aftermath" (chair: Christopher L. Brown; committee: Evan Haefeli, Matthew L. Jones, Pamela Smith, and Joanna Stalnaker).