Department Chair:
Pablo Mitchell

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

Robert S. Danforth Professor of History

Contact Information


Rice Hall 314
(440) 775-8524

Personal Office Hours:
TR 11:00-12:00 W 10:00-11:50 And by appointment at a time of mutual convenience.

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 book is 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' Columbia University Press (New York, 2010), 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).

He is currently writing a book on Migration in World History for Oxford University Press (New York).

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: