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William R. Pinch

Professor of History

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Co-Chair, Global South Asian Studies

Associate Editor, History and Theory

Professor, Global South Asian Studies

Professor, Environmental Studies


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BA University of Virginia
MA University of Virginia
PHD University of Virginia

William R. Pinch

William Pinch's teaching and research focus mainly on the history of South Asia as well as themes in historiography, world/global history (including questions of scale, depth, and time), asceticism, violence, and microhistory. He also serves as consulting editor for the journal History and Theory.

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Spring 2024:  Tues 3-4 p.m. or by appointment


Spring 2024
HIST 186 - 01
The Raj: India and Britain

Fall 2024
HIST 167 - 01
Yoga: A Global History

HIST 314 - 01
The Political Ascetic