Advisor: Christopher Brown
Asheesh works on the history of the book, the history of information, and the general cultural and intellectual history of the Enlightenment in the broader Atlantic world. His previous degrees were done at Princeton (AB, 2007) and Oxford (M.Phil, 2009). He 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 2012-2013 researching his dissertation, "Daring to Ask: The Questionnaire and the Problem of Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century British Atlantic Enlightenment" (chair: Christopher L. Brown; committee: Evan Haefeli, Matthew L. Jones, Pamela Smith, and Joanna Stalnaker).