C. Ryan Perkins

C. Ryan Perkins

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Office: Foster Hall 212
Email: perkins@uchicago.edu

C. Ryan Perkins is a scholar of modern South Asian history, Urdu and Pashtu literature, with linguistic training in Urdu, Hindi, Persian, Pashtu and Deccani.  He specializes in the literary history of Islamic South Asia, with a focus on the social, cultural and literary history of the regions from north India and the Deccan to contemporary Pakistan and Afghanistan.  He completed his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania.  Before coming to Chicago he was teaching at the University of Toronto.  He is currently teaching courses related to the literary and cultural history of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with a focus on popular culture, orality and literary forms of resistance. 


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2011.

Field Specialties

Literary, social and cultural history of Islamic South Asia, Pashto and Urdu literature.

Research Interests

Modern Afghanistan and Pakistan, orality and resistance, gender and reform movements, print culture in South Asia.

Publications Include:

  • “Print, Publics and Royal Beggars: The Case of the Anjuman-e Dār-us-Salām in Colonial India,” (under review).
  • “From the Meḥfil to the Printed Word: Public Debate and Discourse in Late Colonial India,” Indian Economic and Social History Review, forthcoming. 

  • “Abdul Halim Sharar” in The Oxford Companion to the Literatures of Pakistan, edited by Muneeza Shamsie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.