Chandra Mallampalli, Ph.D.

Fletcher Jones Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History. He will be on research leave at Harvard Divinity School for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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Deane Hall 205

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Professor Mallampalli will be on research leave for the 2021-22 academic year.  He has been appointed Yang Visiting Scholar of World Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, where he will teach two courses and work on the completion of his book, South Asia's Christians: Between Hindu and Muslim. 


Modern South Asia

Research Interests

Dr. Mallampalli led the WESTMONT IN ASIA program for the Fall 2019 semester. 


Chandra Mallampalli earned his doctorate in South Asian History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prior to earning his Ph.D. he studied theology and worked as a journalist in South Asia. He is the  author of three books and many scholarly articles, which address the intersection of religion, law and society in colonial India.  At Westmont, Professor Mallampalli teaches courses in World History, Modern South Asia, British Empire, and comparative Asian history. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University and is married to Beverly Chen, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist.


Recent Articles/ Book Chapters

"A Fondness for Military Display: Conquest and Intrigue in South India during the First Anglo-Afghan War, 1839-40," Journal of Asian StudiesVol. 77, No.1 (Feb. 2018), 139-159.

"Slaying Men with Faces of Women: Liberalism and patronage in the trial of a South Indian maulvi, 1839-40," Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 51, No. 3, May 2017, 825-66.

"The Orientalist Framework of Religious Conversion in India," in David Maxwell, Joel Cabrita (eds.), Relocating World Christianity: Interdisciplinary Studies in Universal and Local Expressions of the Christian faith (Leiden:  E.J. Brill, 2017), 162-88.


A Muslim Conspiracy in British India? Politics and Paranoia in the Early Nineteenth Century Deccan. (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Race, Religion, and Law in Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Christians and Public Life in Colonial South India (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004).