Shayan Rajani is an Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS. His research focuses on early modern South Asia and the Mughal world. In particular, he studies the region of Sindh. This includes examining the role of leaving legacies in constructing the individual and the world, following the material and gendered choices that contribute to producing, sustaining, and transmuting these two interrelated assemblages across the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire.
His first book project, “Leaving Legacies: Making Individual and the World in Early Modern South Asia,” examines the enterprise of assembling texts, monuments, and children as a concerted effort to leave memorials for posterity. In doing so, it investigates the intellectual, social, and material history of the individual in South Asia, specifically in Sindh, from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.
He received his doctoral degree in History from Tufts University.