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First Name
Amanda
Last Name
Lanzillo
Affiliation
Princeton University
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Keywords
Artisanship, South Asia, Islam, Labor, Colonialism, Industrial Change, Technology History, Social History, Urdu, Persian
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About Me

I am a historian of South Asia, interested in experiences of labor, technology, industry, and social change within Indian Muslim communities. My dissertation asked how colonial-era Indian artisans, including carpenters, stonemasons, and metalsmiths, negotiated both colonial claims on technological development and evolving local ideas about the Islamic heritage and history of their trades.

I hold a PhD in History from Indiana University, and from Fall 2020-Spring 2023, I will be a Costen Postdoctoral Fellow with the Princeton University Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

Recent Publications

“Translating the Scribe: Print and vernacularization in colonial India, 1857-1915,” Comparative Critical Studies, October 2019; https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/ccs.2019.0331

“Archival Research as Fieldwork: Reflections on small and under-utilized Indian archives,” Critical Asian Studies, March 2019; https://criticalasianstudies.org/commentary/2019/3/15/amanda-lanzillo-archival-research-as-fieldwork-reflections-on-small-and-underutilized-indian-archives

“The Life and Times of a British Journal of Islam,” Himal Southasian, March 2019; https://www.himalmag.com/islamic-review-ahmadiyya-amanda-lanzillo-2019/

“Printing Princely Modernity: Lithographic design in Muslim-ruled princely states,” South Asian Popular Culture, January 2019; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14746689.2019.1565331

“Before Empire,” Himal Southasian, May 2018; https://www.himalmag.com/before-empire-sanjay-subrahmanyam-europes-india/

“The Politics of Persian Language Education in Colonial India,” Ajam Media Collective, January 2018; https://ajammc.com/2018/01/31/late-indo-persian/

Media Coverage
Country Focus
India, Pakistan, Afghanistan
Expertise by Geography
Asia, India
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Colonialism, Labor, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Religion, Technology