Professor and Chairperson of the Department
Professor Parathasarathi joined the faculty in the fall of 1998. He teaches courses on modern South Asia, global history, and environmental history. He is now engaged in a study of environmental change, agriculture, and labor in nineteenth-century South India. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Dibner Institute and the American Council for Learned Societies. He is a senior editor of International Labor and Working Class History and serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Textile History, the Medieval History Journal, and the American Historical Review.
Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence 1600-1850 (Cambridge, 2011) - Received the Jerry Bentley Book Prize of the World History Association and was named a Choice magazine outstanding academic title
The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850 (Oxford, 2009)
"The State of Indian Social History," Journal of Social History (2003)
"The Great Divergence," Past and Present (August 2002)
The Transition to A Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800 (Cambridge, 2001)
"Rethinking Wages and Competitiveness in the Eighteenth Century: Britain and South India," Past and Present (1998)