UCL Anthropocene


Dr Jagjeet Lally

Academic Position: Lecturer in the History of Early Modern and Modern India

Department: History

Telephone Number: +44(0)20 7 679 3856

Email: jagjeet.lally@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Website: Dr Jagjeet Lally


I am a historian of South Asia and its connections with the Eurasian continental interior (Iran and the Caucasus, Central Asia, Burma and China). I work across environmental, economic, cultural, and social history to think about the relationships between landscape, material life, and (often rather mobile) societies in the period from c. 1500. My first book, India and the Silk Roads. The History of a Trading World, examined the interdependence of the arid and wet zones of South and Central Asia in the period from c. 1700-1918. My next research project will examine the Himalaya. I studied at Oxford, the LSE, and then Cambridge, where I was the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge. I joined UCL in 2014 and, since 2015, have been Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World.

Research Projects:

India and the Silk Roads. The History of a Trading World, c.1700-1918 (London: C. Hurst & Co., 2020)

‘Landscape, Race, and Power on the Indo-Afghan Frontier, c.1840-c.1880’, South Asian History and Culture, vol. 11, no. 2 (2020)


HIST0089: Research Seminar – Mountains and Frontiers