Vazira F-Y Zamindar

Associate Professor of History:
Phone: +1 401 863 9118


Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar is interested in cross-border and interdisciplinary histories for rethinking a divided South Asia, as well as the politics of violence and its impact on history-writing itself. Her first book, The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories, was published by Columbia University Press in 2007, and Indian and Pakistani editions of the book came out in 2008. At present she is working on a second book on the history of archaeology and war on the northwest frontier of British India, on the borderlands with Afghanistan.

Zamindar moved from the Netherlands to Brown in 2006, and teaches courses in the history of colonialism and nationalism in South Asia, including the Partition of 1947 and Gandhi.


National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2009-10
Fulbright Research Scholar, 2008-9
Cogut Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellow, Fall 2008
Visiting Fellow, International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden, The Netherlands, Summer 2007.
Postdoctoral Fellow, International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden, The Netherlands, 2003-2005.
Junior Fellow, Belle van Zuylen Institute for Gender Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 2003
Junior Fellow, Center for Historical Social Sciences, Columbia University, 2000-1
Faculty Fellowship, Columbia University, 1997-8 & 2000-2
Magaret Dow Towsley Scholar, University of Michigan, 1996-7
Stecher Scholarship for the study of History of Art, Wellesley College, 1990-91


Association for Asian Studies


Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar teaches courses in South Asian history, with an emphasis on understanding how colonialism and nationalism have shaped both the making of modern South Asia, as well as our knowledge of early South Asia. In addition to survey lecture courses on early and modern South Asia, she teaches seminars on the Partition of 1947, Gandhi, and the politics of material culture in the region. She has broad theoretical interests in interdisciplinary history and has twice co-taught the graduate colloquium on the theory and practice of history.

Funded Research

Salomon Research Grant, 2009-10
Fulbright Research Fellowship, Delhi, India, 2008-9
American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, 2008-9 (declined)
American Institute of Pakistan Studies, 2008-9 (declined)
NEH Summer Stipend, 2008
Wendy J. Strothman Faculty Award, 2008
International Team UTRA, 2008
Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship, 1998-9
Council of American Overseas Research Centers Diss. Fellowship, Summer 1999
American Institute for Pakistan Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 1999–2000
Schepps Fellowship, Columbia University, 1998
Social Science Research Council Predissertation Fellowship, 1997
International Institute Predissertation Fellowship 1997, University of Michigan (declined)
Women's Studies Scholarship, Wellesley College, Summer 1992

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