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Associate Professor
418 Hamilton Hall
Curriculum Vitae


BA Cardiff University, 1998
MA University of London, 2000
PhD University of London, 2009

Research Interests

Emma Flatt’s research has focused on mentalities and practices in the courtly societies of the Indo-Islamicate Deccani Sultanates of South India. Her doctoral thesis, which she is currently revising for publication, explored the world of the peripatetic courtier, who moved across regions and between courts in search of generous patrons and focuses on three case studies of different “knowledges” that helped a courtier attain success: letter-writing, wrestling, and astrology. These three case studies illustrate the ways in which the acquisition of expertise in a particular knowledge provided the courtiers with opportunities for self-fashioning.

Some Notable Publications

  • Daud Ali and Emma J. Flatt, eds., Garden and Landscape Practices in Precolonial India: Histories from the Deccan, (Routledge, 2011)
  • “The Authorship and Significance of the Nujūm al-‘Ulūm: a sixteenth-century astrological encyclopaedia from Bijapur,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, 131.2 (April–June 2011).
  • “Young Manliness: Ethical Culture in the Gymnasiums of the Medieval Deccan”, in Anand Pandian and Daud Ali eds., Ethical Life in South Asia, (Indiana University Press, 2010)

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 135- History and Culture of Hindus and Muslims: South Asia to 1750
  • HIST 292- Gender in South Asia
  • HIST 490- The Mughal World: 1526-1707