Christopher Chekuri

Chris Chekuri
Associate Professor
On Leave 2020/2021
(415) 338-7541
Building: Humanities
Room Number: 239
Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Thursday: 12:30 pm-1:30 pm


My research interests include the study of states and families, early modern empires in the Indo-Islamic World, comparative colonialisms and nationalisms, modern Telugu literary criticism and globalization.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005

Courses Recently Taught


  • India and the British Empire
  • India since Gandhi
  • Classical Forms of South Asian Culture
  • The University: Promise and Politics


  • Decolonizing History
  • History beyond Nation
  • Historiography of World History

Research Interests

  • Politics of empire in precolonial India
  • Identity and cultural modernity in Telugu literature

Selected Publications


Book Manuscripts under preparation:

  • The Men Who Would Be King: The Nayakas of Vijayanagara, 1480-1620.
  • A translation with critical commentary of the Tanjavuri Andhra Rajula Charitra, a 17th century Telugu court chronicle produced in Tanjavur, India.