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California State University
Isabel Huacuja Alonso
Title:Assistant Professor
College:College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Phone:(909) 537-4326
Office Hours:by appointment
Courses:World History III Mughal India and the Early Modern World Modern India at the Crossroads of Empire Gandhi: Life and Legacy Media Cultures of the Indian Subcontinent Sound History Pro-Seminar
Education:PHD (2015) University of Texas at Austin MA (2009) University of Texas at Austin BA (2005) Cornell University
Research Interests:Modern and early modern South Asia, Sound Studies, radio history, history of media and communication, South Asian cinemas, & Hindi and Urdu literatures Isabel Huacuja Alonso is an Assistant Professor at California State University, San Bernardino. She is completing a monograph about radio broadcasting in colonial India, and later in independent Pakistan, India, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) tentatively titled, Radio for the Millions: Hindi-Urdu Broadcasting at the Crossroads of an Empire. The book is based on her dissertation (University of Texas at Austin 2015), which won the Sardar Patel Award for the best dissertation on modern India. More generally, Professor Huacuja Alonso’s scholarly work is concerned with the making and unmaking of borders and with individuals who trespassed their societies’ intellectual and physical boundaries. In addition to her work on sound and borders, she has researched the anticolonial leader M. N. Roy’s unconventional sojourn in Mexico and translated an excerpt of an Urdu-language radio travelogue on the Grand Trunk Road. The American Institutes of Indian and Pakistan Studies, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Institute for Historical Studies at UT Austin funded her research. She has a forthcoming article in Public Culture and publications in South Asia, and SAGAR, in addition to journalistic pieces in The Caravan, Scroll, and Algarabia. Selected Publications: “The ‘Sound Standards’ of a Newly Independent India: Classical Music, Hindi Film Songs, and All India Radio’s Recalcitrant Citizen-Listeners,” Public Culture (accepted, forthcoming). "Jarnali Sarak (The Grand Trunk Road): Excerpts from a Radio Show by Raza Ali Abdi" SAGAR: A South Asia Research Journal, 2013 "M.N. Roy and the Mexican Revolution: How a Militant Indian Nationalist Became an International Communist" South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 2017
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Website:Isabel Huacuja Alonso's Personal Website