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Machado, Pedro
Assistant Professor
Department of History
837 Ballantine Hall
1020 E. Kirkwood
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
Phone: (812) 855-1320      E-mail: pmachado@indiana.edu    

Pedro Machado is an Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Research Associate, Indian Ocean World Center, McGill University. He has held positions at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London and from 2005-2007 was a Faculty Fellow at New York University. He specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Indian Ocean social, cultural and economic networks, and their dynamics of circulation and mobility. Interested in the Indian Ocean both as a site of inter-relation and as a space of overlapping and intersecting webs of ‘entangled histories’, his work explores also slavery and forms of unfreedom in the ocean, and the cultural, social and political dynamics of consumption as a constitutive element of its past. This interest in employing larger frameworks in historical analysis has drawn him into the growing fields of world and especially global history, intellectual and methodological endeavours that seek both to give the ‘global’ present a history and materliaze lateral understandings of the past that draw out the spatial and temporal connections of local, national, regional, trans-regional and global histories. Additionally, his expertise extends to the history of handloom cotton production in India, and the place of Indian cottons in East African economies from the eighteenth century to the present. His research has resulted in numerous publications in journals such as Slavery & Abolition and in the recent edited collection published by Oxford University Press, The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Mobile Histories: South Asia, Africa and the western Indian Ocean in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.

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