Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Core: Self, Culture and Society
Blake Smith explores economic and cultural exchange between Europe and South Asia in the eighteenth century and beyond. He received a PhD in History in 2017 from Northwestern University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and during the academic year 2017-17 was a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute. His research has been published in such journals as History of European Ideas, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, and Outremers: revue d'histoire, as well as edited volumes on religion and the French Revolution, South Asia and the Enlightenment, and cosmopolitanism in South Asia.
In the summer of 2018, Blake was a fellow of Icelandic Studies at the Arni Magnusson Institute in Reykjavik, conducting research on the travels of Jón Ólafsson, a 17th-century Icelander who was stationed in Tranquebar, Denmark's colony in southern India.
Blake writes on historical topics for a number of popular media outlets, including several based in South Asia. His work has appeared in Aeon.co, Tablet, The Atlantic, TheWire.in, Scroll.in, Caravan Magazine, etc. Blake is the co-translator of the selected works of the eighteenth-century Réunnonais poet Evariste de Parny, and the translator of a volume of short stories by Pondicherrian author K. Madavane. He is currently translating a historical novel set in 1970s Pondicherry.