• Professor, History
  • Professor, History


  • Guest lecture, Westmont College, CA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2021.
  • Keynote address. Dr. Omar Khalidi memorial webinar event. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2020.
  • “Colonial Clubbing in a Princely State: The Nizam Club of Hyderabad, India.” North American Conference on British Studies, Vancouver, Canada. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2019.
  • “Colonial Clubbing in a Princely State: The Nizam Club of Hyderabad, India.” North American Conference on British Studies, Vancouver, Canada. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/2019.
  • “The Hydrosocial World of Hyderabad City: Water, Recreation, Leisure and Beyond c. 1880-1908.” Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2019.
  • “A Hydrosocial History of Water in the Deccan.” University of Hyderabad, Department of History. Hyderabad, India. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2019.
  • “Urban Aquatic Conservation Efforts in Princely India: The Case of Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad city.” Presented at the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester conference on “Princely Cities: Towards a New Urban History of South Asia.”. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2019.
  • “Swimming Against the Stream: Water and Recreation in India.” University of Utah Department of History Practicing History Conference. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/2018.
  • “Water in Medieval Telangana: Repair, Restore, and Beyond.” International Seminar: Telangana Through the Ages, Government of Telangana. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/2018.
  • "The Hydrosocial and the Long-term: A Case for India's Deccan". Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2017.
  • "Transfers of Power: A Hydrosocial View of Hyderabad.". Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2017.
  • “Water in India’s Deccan: A Hydrosocial Perspective.” Tanner Humanities Center presentation, the University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 01/2017.
  • "The Shape of Water in India's Deccan." Emory University, Atlanta. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2016.
  • “Scandal and Law in Nineteenth Century Hyderabad.” Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2016.
  • 2015 October. “From the Kakatiyas to “Mission Kakatiya.”” Western Conference branch of the Association of Asian Studies. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2015.
  • Invited conference paper. “Introducing Colonial Regionalism: The Case of the Madras Presidency” at the Ohio State University Mellon-Sawyer conference on “Imagining Alternative Modernities: Interventions from the Balkans and South Asia.” Columbus, Ohio 9-11 October. 2014. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2014.
  • The Bhagavad-Gita. Invited lecture. The University of Utah’s Intellectual Traditions program. 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2014.


  • Hindi, functional.
  • Telugu, functional.
  • Urdu, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Southern Asia


  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2022). ““The water flows under the bridge and we pass above it...” Infrastructure, Transport and State Power: The Bridges of Hyderabad City, India c. 16th to 20th centuries.”. Journal of Transportation History. Published, 12/2022.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2022). “‘This Has Not Been Done Because It Was Not Made Any One's Business to Do It.’ Conserving Hyderabad City's Hussain Sagar Tank in the Late Nineteenth Century.” . Urban History. Published, 09/2022.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen & DeVotta, Ganguly (2021). Modern India: The Historical Context. Lynn Rienner. Published, 01/2021.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2020). Class, Place, and Power: Urban diversity and conserving Hyderabad city’s Hussain Sagar Tank in the Late Nineteenth Century. Urban History. Accepted, 12/2020.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2020). From Soldier to Spectacle: Africans and the langar procession in Hyderabad. South Asian History and Culture. Published, 10/2020.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen & Omar H. Ali, Kenneth Robbins, Beheroze Shroff and Jazmin Graves (2020). The African Guard of Wanaparthy and Hyderabad. University of North Carolina at Greensboro Ethiopian and East African Studies Project and Ahmedabad Sidi Heritage and Educational Center. Published, 01/2020.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2019). An Appeal to the Ladies of Hyderabad: Scandal in the Raj. Harvard University Press, [HarperCollins India, 2020]. Published, 07/2019.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2019). The Pleasures at Your Side: Papers from the Wanaparthy Samasthan, 1832-1911. Orient BlackSwan, Hyderabad. Published, 07/2019.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2019). Water in Medieval Telangana: Repair, Restore and Beyond. Second International Seminar on Telangana Through the Ages: Perspectives from Early and Medieval Periods. Published, 01/2019.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2017). Transfers of Power: A Hydrosocial View of Hyderabad. (pp. 76-86). Manipal University Press. Published, 12/2017.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen & D.A. Prasanna, K. Sadashiva (2017). Transfers of Power: A Hydrosocial View of Hyderabad. Manipal University Press, India. Published, 06/2017.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen & Stephen Goldsmith (2016). Practical Research in Support of Sustainable Urbanization. Pragati, Hyderabad, India. Published, 07/2016.
  • “Visiting Hyderabad: Real “face time” in a Princely State, 1915-1938.” Weber - The Contemporary West. Spring, 2016. Published, 04/2016.
  • 2016. “The utility of scandal: examples across disciplines from Europe and India.” History Compass.. Published, 01/2016.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2015). In the club: Associational life in colonial South Asia. Manchester University Press (Studies in Imperialism), [Orient Blackswan India, 2015]. Published, 02/2015.
  • “Introducing Colonial Regionalism: The Case of India’s Presidencies, the View From Madras.” India Review Vol. 13, Issue 4. 2014. Published, 11/2014.
  • “Introduction: Regions and Regionalism in India” co-authored with Sumit Ganguly. India Review Vol. 13, Issue 4. 2014. Published, 11/2014.
  • “Negotiating Differences: India’s Language Policy” Difference and Constitutionalism. (ed. Susan H. Williams) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 2014. Published, 02/2014.
  • “The Delhi Durbar: The View from Hyderabad.” Power and Dominion: Photography and the Imperial Durbars of British India. (ed. Julie Codell) Mapin, New Delhi.. Published, 01/2012.
  • “Modernizing the Urban Environment: The Musi River Flood of 1908 in Hyderabad, India.” Environment and History V. 17, no. 3. Published, 01/2011.
  • “Networks of Sociability: Women’s Club in Colonial and Postcolonial India” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. Special Issue: Women’s Clubs at Home and in the World. V. 30, no. 3. pp. 169-195. Published, 12/2009.
  • “The Court of Wards in a Princely State: Bank Robber or Babysitter?” Modern Asian Studies, V. 41, issue 2, pp. 395-420. Published, 12/2007.
  • Benjamin B. Cohen (2007). Kingship and Colonialism in India’s Deccan: 1850-1948. Palgrave Macmillan. Published, 12/2007.
  • “The Study of Indian History in the US Academy.” India Review, V.5, issue 1. Published, 12/2006.
  • “Gifts or Greed? Nazr in the reign of Hyderabad’s Osman Ali Khan.” Paradigms in Indian History. (ed.) Itihasa Prabhasa Publishers, Hyderabad, 2004. Published, 01/2004.