Professor, Department of History and Asian American Studies
Department: Department of History
UCLA Department of History
Address2: 6265 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473
Campus Mail Code: 147303
Keywords: India, History
Lal teaches a broad range of courses in Indian history, comparative colonial histories, and subaltern history and Indian historiography, as well as graduate level seminars on the contemporary politics of knowledge, postcolonial theory, and the politics of culture. He has designed and taught a cycle of upper-division undergraduate lecture courses on British India, Contemporary South Asia, the Indian Diaspora, and the Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi. Seminars in Indian history cover such subjects as the Politics of Religion and Ethnicity in South Asia; Hindu-Muslim Encounters in South Asia; "The Woman Question" in Colonial India; The Life of Krishna in Indian Art, History, and Culture; History and the Novel; the Partition of India; Violence in Contemporary Indian Society; and History and Popular Cinema.