B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Associate Professor of History
Scholar of urban history and urban economic and political development in South Asia.
Prior to joining Wellesley College in 2005, Professor Rao taught at Dartmouth College. His studies at Stanford University and the University of Chicago focused on themes in modern south Asian history (today, the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka).
His interests include transformations in urban society in 20th century south Asia and his current project investigates the formation of suburbs and suburban communities in late colonial Bombay.He is also interested in the comparative study of cities, in social theory, and in ideas of economic development in 20th century south Asia. At Wellesley his teaching focuses on south Asian history and society, offering courses on the political economy of development, the history of cities, and the formation of ethnic identities