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College of Arts and Sciences
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Department of History
- B.A. Stanford University
- Ph.D. Harvard University
Patel is interested in the emergence of the Indian nationalist movement, especially its less-studied roots in Bombay and western India. His dissertation, completed in 2015, examines the political thought of Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917), perhaps the most prominent Indian nationalist figure prior to Mohandas K. Gandhi. Patel investigates how Naoroji pioneered the concept of swaraj, or Indian self-government, while exposing the deleterious economic consequences of British colonial rule on the subcontinent. Patel is also interested in the political and economic history of the Parsis, a tiny yet wealthy and influential community concentrated in Gujarat and Bombay. He has written about the community's responses to Gandhi and the non-cooperation movement (1920-1922), the Parsi community in Calcutta, and Parsi interest in Iran during the early Pahlavi regime.
Patel has co-edited two published volumes: Dadabhai Naoroji: Selected Private Papers (Oxford University Press, 2016) with S.R. Mehrotra and From Ghalib’s Dilli to Lutyens’ New Delhi: A Documentary Record (Oxford University Press, 2013) with Mushirul Hasan. He has contributed articles to BBC News, the New York Times online, and Scroll.in.
Patel is currently transforming his dissertation on Dadabhai Naoroji into a book manuscript. At the University of South Carolina, he teaches courses on Modern South Asia (HIST103), Gandhi and the Indian Nationalist Movement (HIST367), and the British Empire in the Nineteenth Century (HIST321).