• Professor, History
  • Professor, History

Research Statement

Interests include History and Social Science research in South Asia - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh.


  • "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 (2017). Transfers of Power: A Hydrosocial View of Hyderabad. (pp. 76-86). Manipal University Press. Published, 12/2017.
  • “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.
  • 2016 Under contract. “The African Guard of Wanaparthy and Hyderabad.” African Elites of India Vol. II (ed. Kenneth Robbins, Beheroze Shroff, Sheila Walker). [Publisher TBA]. Accepted, 12/2015.
  • 2016 Forthcoming. The Pleasures at your side: Papers from the Wanaparthy Samasthan, 1832-1911. Edited by Benjamin B. Cohen. Orient BlackSwan Press. Accepted, 04/2015.
  • Cohen, Benjamin B. (2015). In the Club. Oxford Univ Pr. Published, 04/01/2015.
  • In the club: Associational life in colonial South Asia. Manchester University Press (Studies in Imperialism), 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.
  • “Modern India: The Historical Context” in Understanding Contemporary India. Second Edition. (ed. DeVotta and Ganguly) Lynn Rienner. Published, 06/2010.
  • “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.
  • Kingship and Colonialism in India’s Deccan: 1850-1948. Palgrave Macmillan. Published, 12/2007.
  • Cohen, Benjamin B. (2007). Kingship And Colonialism in India's Deccan, 1850-1948. Palgrave Macmillan. Published, 01/09/2007.
  • Cohen, Benjamin B. (2007). Kingship and colonialism in India's Deccan. Univ Pr of Amer. Published, 01/01/2007.
  • “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.