William Pinch is Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University and an associate editor of the journal History & Theory. He also serves as Treasurer of the American Institute of Indian Studies. His principal areas of research and teaching are South Asian history, historiography, world history (including questions of scale, depth, and time), religion and history, and maritime/marine history. In 2015-16 he is serving as Chair of Wesleyan’s Environmental Studies program. He also is Director of the South Asia Studies certificate.