Mircea Raianu

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B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2009
M.A. Harvard University, 2013
Ph.D. Harvard University (May 2017)

Mircea Raianu is a historian of modern South Asia. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of histories of capitalism, colonialism, and economic life broadly construed. His dissertation and current book project, "The Incorporation of India: The Tata Business Firm Between Empire and Nation, ca. 1860-1970," focuses on India's largest and most influential corporate group since the early twentieth century. It shows how private capital played a key role in the construction of the Indian national economy, alternately acting in concert with and in opposition to the state. This research was supported primarily by a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship in 2013-14. He is also at work on a series of related article projects, including a study of land acquisition law and changing forms of sovereignty in the steel and mining belt of eastern India. He will receive his PhD in History from Harvard University in May 2017.