Department Chair:
Renee Romano

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. 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30

Sarah Waheed

Sarah Waheed

Visiting Asst. Professor of History

Contact Information

Rice 314
(440) 775-8524

Sarah Waheed

Visiting Assistant Professor Sarah Waheed

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bryn Mawr College 1998
  • Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Tufts University, 2011

Professor Waheed is a historian of modern South Asia, with a particular focus on colonialism, nationalism, and Islam in South Asia. Her work examines cultural politics in late colonial India and early post-colonial Pakistan. She examines the links between religion, secularism, and decolonization, by way of the lives and writings of South Asian intellectuals.  She is currently writing a book based on her doctoral research entitled, Radical Politics, Ethical Aesthetes: Urdu Literary Cultures in the Age of South Asian Nationalisms, 1919-1967".

Previously, she has taught at Mount Holyoke College, George Mason University, and Georgetown University.

Forthcoming Publications:

"Women of Ill Repute: Ethics and Urdu Literature in Colonial India", in Modern Asian Studies (forthcoming, 2014)


Other Publications:

"Anatomy of an Obscenity Trial" in Southasia Himal Magazine (July 2013) http://www.himalmag.com/component/content/article/5177-anatomy-of-an-obscenity-trial.html

"Literature in the Age of Oil: A Review of Goat Days" in Jadaliyya (July 2012) http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/6206/literature-in-the-oil-age_goat-days