Amin, Shahid

Visiting Professor


Ph.D. – University of Oxford, 1978
M.A. – University of Delhi, 1972
B.A. – University of Delhi, 1970


Interests and Research

Professsor Shahid Amin specializes in Modern South Asian History, with a special interest in the political, socio and intellectual history of the unlettered women and men. He is interested in combining  close readings of colonial texts, political and judicial,  with historical fieldwork. His  publications include, Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992 (University of California Press, 1995); ed. A Concise Encyclopedia of North Indian Peasant Life ( Manohar, Delhi, 2005). His latest  work is Conquest & Community: the Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan (University of Chicago Press, 2016). He is completing a study on the role of learned Indian clerks, working under colonial official-scholars, in the compilation and systematization of linguistic knowledge and dialectology during the period 1890s-1920s.



  • Muslims-Memories-Histories, South Asia, 1000CE-2000CE (Columbia 2007)
  • Subaltern Studies and Beyond: History and the Archives (Columbia 2007)
  • Economic History of India, 1850-1950
  • Ways of Mass nationalism, India, 1917-1947
  • Peasants and Peasant Societies
  • Imperialism and Nationalism: Theories and Practice



  • 1992-93:  Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin(Institute of Advanced Study)
  • 1991-92 :   Fellow, Shelby Cullom Davis Centre for Historical Studies, Department of History, Princeton University
  • 1990-91: Ford  Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University
  • Anand Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize, Association of Asian Studies, 1997
  • British Academy travel-cum-research grant, 1980
  • Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford
  • Rhodes Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford, 1973-1977



  • Advisory Board, Modern Asian Studies
  • Advisory Board, Contributions to Indian Sociology
  • Bureau Member, International Committee of Historical Sciences, 2005-10



Sugarcane and Sugar in Gorakhpur: An Inquiry into Peasant Production for Capitalist Enterprise in Colonial India.

Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992.

Conquest & Community: the Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan.

Scholarly Articles

2017:Rendre la nation habitable’, in Revue des Femmes Philosophes (4).

2008, ‘Travelling Words’, In    Adam et el eds., Scenarios: Manifesta 7: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art (Sylvania).

2005a:  ‘Un Saint Guerrier: Sur la Conquete de L’Inde du Nord par les Turcs au XI e Siecle , Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociale, 60:2 (Mars-Avril 2005).

2000 “Sortir du ghetto les historires non occidentales’, in L’HOMME: REVUE FRANCAISE D’ANTHROPOLOGIE (October).

1997b ‘Remembering Chauri Chaura: Notes from Historical Fieldwork’ in Ranajit Guha ed., A SUBALTERN STUDIES READER: 1986- 1995 (University of Minnesota Press).

1994a ‘Cataloguing the Countryside: Agricultural Glossaries from Colonial India’, HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY, viii, nos. 1-4 (Special Issue on “Colonial Ethnography”, edited by Peter Pels and Oscar Salemink).

1987 ‘Approver’s Testimony and Judicial Discourse: the case of Chauri Chaura,’ in R. Guha ed., SUBALTERN STUDIES, V: WRITINGS ON SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY AND SOCIETY (Oxford University Press, Delhi).

1988b ‘Gandhi as Mahatma: Gorakhpur District, Eastern U.P.,’ in R. Guha & G. Chakravorty Spivak eds., SELECTED SUBALTERN STUDIES (Oxford University Press, New York).