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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:Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-1:30
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:My scholarly research lies at the intersection of modern South Asian history and Sound Studies. I am currently completing a monograph about radio broadcasting in colonial India, and later in independent Pakistan, India, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) that is tentatively titled, "Radio for the Millions: Hindi-Urdu Broadcasting at the Crossroads of an Empire." The book explores how radio broadcasting contributed to the making and unmaking of borders in modern South Asia and is based on my dissertation, which won the 2015 Sardar Patel Award for the best dissertation on modern India in any discipline in the humanities or social sciences. In addition to my work on sound and borders, I am also interested in individuals who have trespassed their societies’ physical and intellectual boundaries. As part of a separate project, I have researched the life and career of the globetrotting anticolonial leader M. N. Roy. I have written on Roy’s unconventional sojourn in Mexico City during the waning years of the revolution and on the ways his time in Mexico influenced his later political work in India in the 1930s and 1940s. Publications: "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
Website:Isabel Huacuja Alonso's Personal Website