Mircea Raianu
Assistant Professor

I am a historian of modern South Asia, with primary research and teaching interests in capitalism and economic life broadly construed. My book manuscript, entitled Tata: The Global Corporation that Built Indian Capitalism, focuses on India's largest and most influential business group since the early twentieth century. It shows how private capital played a key role in the construction of the Indian national economy, alternately acting in concert with and in opposition to the state. This research was supported primarily by a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship in 2013-14. In parallel, I am at work on a series of related article projects, including studies of land acquisition law and corporate sovereignty in the steel and mining belt of eastern India, the intellectual history of swadeshi capitalism during the interwar period, and the transition from trading firms to industrial enterprises in the context of recurring global financial crises. I received my PhD in History from Harvard University (2017) and my BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley (2009).

At Maryland, I teach courses on South Asia, the Indian Ocean world, and the history of global capitalism, and maintain an active interest in the wider British Empire. I am also affiliated with the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the Robert H. Smith Business School.

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