Shounak Ghosh is a first-year graduate student exploring the practices and cultures of diplomacy in medieval and early modern South Asia. He received his education and training in History from Presidency College, Kolkata and the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His M.Phil. dissertation, Negotiating Rivalries: Trade, Territoriality and Diplomacy in Sixteenth Century Coastal Gujarat and Western Deccan, problematizes existing historiographical understandings of power contestations in early modern South Asia using the analytical category of diplomacy and the paradigm of connected histories.
His research interests center around institutions of statecraft and governance; the role of diplomacy in interactions and encounters between political entities and potentates; regional histories of Deccan, Gujarat and Bengal; maritime trade in the Indian Ocean; connected and comparative histories of states and empires in medieval and early modern Asia; and networks of diplomats, merchants and theologians operating among them. Prior to joining Vanderbilt University, he served as Editorial Assistant for Studies in History, from August 2016 to July 2017.