Master (Economics) and MPhil (International Economics), JNU, New Delhi
PhD in Economic History, University of London
Gopalan Balachandran joined the Institute in 2000 from the Delhi School of Economics. His research engages South Asia and the Indian Ocean in a global frame and spans labour, capital, entrepreneurship and development. He is also interested in histories of colonialism and decolonisation, and their continuing significance for the present. Professor Balachandran’s current research focusses on cultures of commerce in the Indian Ocean and Atlantic worlds. He also supervises research on modern and contemporary South Asia as well as in selected areas in cultural and intellectual history, and welcomes students with interests in oceanic and maritime history.
TEACHING, RESEARCH AND SUPERVISION
- South Asia / Indian Ocean
- Labour and migration
- Monetary / financial history
- Colonialism and decolonisation
- Oceanic / maritime history
- Cultural and intellectual history
- Historical methods / postcolonial approaches
- ‘Subaltern Cosmopolitanism, Racial Governance, and Multiculturalism: Britain, c. 1900-1945’, Social History39: 4 (2014), 528-46.
- ‘Legacies beyond Empire: Reflections on Doing International History from Geneva’, Swiss Journal of History64: 2 (2014), 239-63.
- ‘Atlantic Paradigms and Aberrant Histories’, Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 11: 1 (2014), 47-63.
- Roundtable on Globalizing Labour? Indian Seafarers and World Shipping, c. 1870-1945, International Journal of Maritime History 25: 1 (2013), 275-321.
- 'Claiming Histories beyond Nations: Situating Global History', Indian Economic and Social History Review, 49: 2 (2012), 247-72.
- 'Global History' in B.S. Chimni and Siddharth Mallavarapu, eds, International Relations: Perspectives from the Global South (New Delhi, 2012).
- 'India: From Colonial Outpost to a Leading Market', in Peter Borscheid and Niels Viggo Haueter, eds, World Insurance: The Evolution of a Global Risk Network (Oxford, 2012).
- 'Making Coolies, (Un)making Workers: “Globalizing” Labour in the Late-19th and Early-20th Centuries', Journal of Historical Sociology, 24: 3 (2011), 266-96.
- 'History 2 or 2 B? Capital Narratives for Asia and Asian Narratives for Capital: A Preliminary Exploration', China Report, 46: 4 (2010), 447–69.
- 'Sovereignty, Subjectivities, Narrations: Nations and Other Stories from the Sea', International Journal of Maritime History, 21: 2 (2009), 1-20.
- ‘Power and Markets in Global Finance: The Gold Standard, 1890-1926’, Journal of Global History, 3: 3 (2008), 313-56.
- Managing Editor, Indian Economic and Social History Review