Department Chair:
Michael Fisher

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:30

Michael H. Fisher

Michael H. Fisher

Chair, Robert S. Danforth Professor of History

Contact Information


Rice Hall 314
(440) 775-8524

Personal Office Hours:
TR 11:00-11:50 W 10:00-11:50 And by appointment

Michael Fisher

Michael H. Fisher

Michael Fisher

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Trinity College Connecticut, 1972
  • Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1973
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1978

Michael Fisher holds the Robert S. Danforth Chair in History. In 2007, he was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for the Social Sciences. He has published widely on various aspects of the interaction between the peoples and polities of India and the expanding British empire, as they occurred in both India and in Britain.

His latest published books are: a study of human migration, Migration: A World History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) and a biography of on the first Indian elected to the British Parliament who was also a putative lunatic, The Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre: Victorian Anglo Indian M.P. and Chancery 'Lunatic' Oxford University Press (New York, 2010, reissued 2013), co-published by C. Hurst (London) and Cambridge University Press (Delhi).

His earlier published books are: A South Asian History of Britain: Four Centuries of Peoples from the Indian Subcontinent (co-authored with Shompa Lahiri and Shinder Thandi; London: Greenwood Press, 2007); Visions of Mughal India: An Anthology of European Travel Writing (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007) which was also published in India as Across the Three Seas: Travellers' Tales from Mughal India (New Delhi: Random House, 2007); Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain, 1600-1858 (Delhi: Permanent Black, 2004); Indirect Rule in India: Residents and the Residency System (Oxford University Press, 1991; 1998); The Politics of the British Annexation of India (Oxford University Press, 1994); The First Indian Author in English: Dean Mahomed (1759-1851) in India, Ireland, and England (Oxford University Press, 1996); The Travels of Dean Mahomet edited (University of California Press, 1997) and A Clash of Cultures: Awadh, the British and the Mughals (Manohar, 1987; Sangam, 1988, Riverdale, 1988).

In Spring 2015, his book The Mughal Empire will be published by I.B. Tauris (London). 

He is currently working on two projects: The Great Courses has contracted for him to video record a 36-lecture series on “The History of India,” from the earliest times to the present.  Cambridge University Press has contracted for him to write a book on The Environmental History of India for its New Approaches to Asia series.

Professor Fisher's C.V. is available
at www.oberlin.edu/faculty/mhfisher/FisherCV.pdf
For the book Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre see:
http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-70108-2/the-inordinately-strange-life -of-dyce-sombre
For the book Visions of Mughal India see:
For the book Counterflows to Colonialism see:
For the book Travels of Dean Mahomet see: