Jeffrey Diamond

Jeffrey Diamond
Contact Information:

Office: Richarda N6, CSB
Phone: (320) 363-5224


B.A.: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Ph.D: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK

Academic Interests:

Dr. Diamond specializes in South Asian and Islamic history, especially focusing on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.  He also specializes in the history of the the British Empire, the Middle East, and Gender, and he is interested in early modern and modern comparative World History.


I gained an appreciation of history as a teenager living in a town with historical ties (including buildings and monuments) to the American Revolutionary War. As an undergraduate at Penn, I became interested in South Asia and Islam by taking new courses that broadened my worldview, meeting people from around the world, and through student activities such as . Prior to coming to CSB/SJU, I held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University and taught South Asian history at the College of Charleston.


Hist 117: Indian Subcontinent since 1500

Hist 118: Islam and the West

Hist 305: Gandhi

Hist 315: Islamists/Muslims in South Asia

Hist 381: Asia and Empire


"'Calculated to be Offensive to Hindoos'? Vernacular Education, History Textbooks, and the Waqi'at
Controversy of the 1860s in Colonial North India." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. 24,
No. 1, January 2014. [WorldCat]

"A 'Vernacular' for a 'New Generation'? Historical Perspectives about Urdu and Punjabi, and the
Formation of Language Policy in Colonial Northwest India," in Harold Schiffman, ed. Language Policy and
Language Conflict in Afghanistan and its Neighbors: The Changing Politics of Language Choice.
Leiden: Brill,
2011. [WorldCat]