William Pinch’s research addresses the following themes:
- Religion, information networks, and empire in South Asia’s long engagement with the West
- Military cantonments, emotions, and the 1857 rebellion, also known as the “Sepoy Mutiny” and “India’s First War of Independence”
- The intersections of maritime history, world history, and environmental history.
He is also working on a translation, with two colleagues at Columbia University, of two long eighteenth-century Hindi poems celebrating the military and political career of the warlord Anupgiri Gosain, a.k.a. “Himmat Bahadur” (d. 1804).
He is the author of numerous book chapters, essays, and reviews, as well as articles in History and Theory, Past & Present, Modern Asian Studies, and Indian Economic and Social History Review.
Books by Pinch:
- Warrior Ascetics and Indian Empires (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006; paperback edition, 2012)
- Peasants and Monks in British India (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996; Delhi: Oxford India Paperbacks, 1999)
- Speaking of Peasants: Essays in Indian History and Politics in Honor of Walter Hauser (New Delhi: Manohar, 2008), edited festschrift volume