Office: Gottschalk Hall 103E
Office Phone: (502) 852-6817
E-mail John McLeod
PhD received from University of Toronto, 1993.
Most of my research is on the history of India during the colonial period. I have published three books: Sovereignty, Power, Control: Politics in the States of Western India, 1916-1947, which came out in 1999; The History of India, published in 2002; and African Elites in India, co-edited with Kenneth X. Robbins and released in 2006. I am now working on two more books, Indian Tory: A Biography of Sir Mancherjee Merwanjee Bhownaggree (that's him below), and Rajmandal: Historical and Genealogical Notes on the Royal Families of South Asia. I have also written articles and book reviews in American, Australian, British, Canadian and Indian journals. COURSES: Since coming to U of L in 1995, I have taught courses on the History of Civilizations; British Imperialism; Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India; Civilizations of Modern India; English History; the English Monarchy and the Birth of the Modern Age (which culminated in a two-week trip to England); the History of India; Royalty in Indian History (which included a trip to India); and Victorian Britain.
OTHER: In 2001, my work on the history of the former princely and chiefly states of India was recognized when I received the title of Honorary Rajvanshi Genealogist of the Rajvara Heritage Institution of Rajkumar College on Rajkot, India. This is an updated version of a traditional Indian title: in olden days, each Indian monarch had an official genealogist whose duty was to record the history of the rajvansh, or royal family.