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Yale University
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Early Modern Europe, Early Modern South Asia, History of Globalization, history of science in early modern Europe, history of cartography
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About Me

Ayesha Ramachandran is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and an affiliate of the Program in Renaissance Studies. She received her PhD from Yale in Renaissance Studies, is a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and previously taught at Stony Brook University. A literary and cultural historian of early modern Europe, she pursues interdisciplinary research on literature, philosophy, cartography, visual culture and the history of science, focusing on the long histories of globalization and modernity.

Her prizewinning first book, The Worldmakers (University of Chicago Press, 2015) provides a cultural and intellectual history of “the world,” showing how it emerged as a cultural keyword in early modernity. With a recently awarded Mellon New Directions Fellowship (2016), she hopes to expand this work and pursue research on cross-cultural contacts between Europe and the Indo-Islamic world in the early modern period. Her new book manuscript in progress tentatively entitled, Lyric Thinking: Poetry, Selfhood, Modernity considers the role of lyric poetry in the shaping of the modern self.


Recent Publications

The Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015).

“How to Theorize the “World”: An Early Modern Manifesto,” NLH: New Literary History 48.4. (2018)

“Humanism and Its Discontents,” in Spenser and the Human, eds. Melissa Sanchez and Ayesha Ramachandran, Spenser Studies XXX: 3–18. (2016)



Media Coverage
Washington Post, Boston Review, NPR, Garnet News, New Books Network, Ottoman History Podcast
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
England, France, India, Mediterranean, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
2, 3, 6
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Colonialism, Material Culture, Science