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Chakravarti, Ananya

Associate Professor

Georgetown University, United States



Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2012/2013

Ph.D. Institution

University of Chicago, United States


After receiving my B.A. in Economics at Princeton University and spending a year working as a researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I joined the Department of History at the University of Chicago in 2006.
My thesis, The Empire of Apostles: Jesuits in Brazil and India, explores the themes of conceptual geographies, ethnography and imperial imagination through the lives of six Jesuit missionaries in sixteenth and seventeen century Portuguese India and Brazil.

My primary research interests are in early modern cultural and religious history in the Portuguese empire, colonial Latin American history and religion in early modern South Asia, particularly Catholicism and Hinduism.

I have taught both Latin American and South Asian history at the University of Chicago.

At the EUI, I hope to expand on certain themes that emerged during my dissertation research. In particular, I would like to explore the corpus of texts in Marathi and Konkani written by Jesuits in seventeenth century Salcete, as well as changing ideas of empire in the late seventeenth-century Portuguese world.
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