Damodar Sardesai

Professor Emeritus of History

Department: Department of History
UCLA Department of History
6265 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA
Campus Mail Code: 147303
Phone: 310-206-2115
Fax: 310-206-9630
Email: sardesai@history.ucla.edu

Keywords: History

Fields of interest: Southeast Asian History: India.

Education: Ph.D. UCLA, 1965


  • Indian Foreign Policy in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, 1947-1964 (1968).
  • British Trade and Expansion in Southeast Asia, 1870-1914 (1977).
  • Editor, Changing Patterns of Security and Stability in Asia (1980).
  • Southeast Asia - Past and Present (1981). Second edition (1989). Third Edition (1994).
  • Vietnam, Trials and Tribulations of a Nation (1988). Second edition, 1992.
  • Co-editor, The Legacy of Nehru, a Centennial Assessment (1992).


Professor Damodar R. SarDesai has been at UCLA since 1961, first as a doctoral student (Ph.D. 1965) and since 1966 as a member of the History faculty. Before coming to UCLA in 1961, he received from the Bombay University his Bachelor's (1952) and Master's (l955) degrees, ranking first in Social Sciences for which he was awarded the Sir William Wedderburn Prize. In 1979, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain.

At UCLA, Professor SarDesai taught in the History Department as Assistant Professor (1966-69), Associate Professor (1969-77) and Professor of History (1977-94); Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Pre-Modern Indian History, 1998-2001 and as Emeritus Professor of History. His administrative service includes: Vice-Chair and Chair of the History Department; Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies (ISOP) for 14 years; and as the first Director of the University of California's Education Abroad Program in NewDelhi, India 1993-95. At UCLA, he served as member and/or chair of dozens of committees at the department, college and senate levels and on committees of UC statewide senate. Currently, he is a member of UCLA Senate's Council on Research, 2002-2005. In 1971-73, he was invited to reorganize historical studies at the University of Bombay as Chair of its History Department. In 1998, Professor SarDesai was recalled by UCLA to be the first holder of the newly-endowed Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian History, a position he held until 2001.

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