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Mana Kia

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Title Assistant Professor
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Email mk3586@columbia.edu
Biography Mana Kia’s interests are the early modern and modern connective social, cultural, intellectual histories of West, Central and South Asia from roughly the late 17th through the early 19th centuries, with a particular focus on Indo-Persian literary culture and social history. She is preoccupied with ruptures and continuities between the early modern and modern periods, inter-Asian transregional travel and migration, gender and sexuality, and historiographies beyond nationalism.

She is currently finishing a book titled Sensibilities of Belonging: Transregional Persianate Communities before Nationalism, which critiques protonationalist modes of envisioning Persianate cultures and societies and offers new modes of understanding the importance of the circulation of people, texts, and ideas between Iran and India at the end of the early modern period. She has also begun work on a project examining the relationship between early modern ethics of love and loyalty in companionship and the production of Persian texts commonly used as source materials for the study of 18th-century India.

She teaches a 3000-level global core course in the fall entitled Societies and Cultures Across the Indian Ocean, as well as 4000 level courses in alternating spring semesters on Gender, Culture and Power in Early Modern India; and Significant Others: Friendship, Love, and Loyalty. She also teaches Contemporary Civilization. She completed her PhD at Harvard University (2011), MA at NYU (2001) and BA at Vassar College (1997). Prior to coming to Columbia, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and a postcolonial studies tutor in the History and Literature program at Harvard University.