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Visiting Fellow, 2021 – 2022

Doug Ober

Sessional Lecturer, Department of History and Research Associate, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs University of British Columbia


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Doug Ober is a historian of South Asia, religion, and colonialism with more than a decade of archival and ethnographic research experience in northern India, the Himalayas (India, Nepal, Bhutan) and Tibetan areas of China. His research explores how colonialism shaped and continues to shape social, political, and intellectual transformations in South Asia. His current research includes a project on the modern fashioning of India as a “homeland” for global Buddhists; a book-length history of Buddhist revival in colonial and early postcolonial India; and a collaborative inquiry into Hindutva politics and temple architecture in twentieth-century India. He has also published on self-immolation in Tibet, foreign diplomacy in India, and Soviet influence on modern South Asian thought. His broader research interests include Indian historiography, transnational movements, caste, Dalit studies, and cultural ecology. His work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, Tina and Morris Wagner Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and multiple internal programs at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Ober received his PhD in 2017 from the Department of Asian Studies at UBC.