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Dr Amanda Lanzillo
Lecturer in South Asian History

Marie Jahoda 215


I am an historian of South Asia, researching labour, technology, and social change within South Asian Muslim communities. My forthcoming first book is titled Pious Labour: Islam, artisanship, and technology in colonial India. It analyzes colonial-era social, economic, and technological change in north India through the perspectives of Muslim workers and artisan labourers.

Prior to joining Brunel, I held a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Princeton University Society of Fellows, where I also taught in the Department of History. I hold a PhD in History from Indiana University.
My work has been supported by grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright Hays Program, the American Historical Association, the Library of Congress, and other funders.


PhD, Indiana University, 2020   MA, Indiana University, 2015   BS, Georgetown University, 2013

Newest selected publications

Lanzillo, A. (2024) 'Pious Labor: Islam, Artisanship, and Technology in Colonial India'. Oakland, CA, USA: University of California Press. ISSN 10: 0-520-39858-0 ISSN 13: 978-0-520-39857-3 Open Access Link


Lanzillo, AM. (2024) 'Prison Papermaking: Colonial Ideals of Industrial Experimentation in India'. Technology and Culture, 65 (1). pp. 63 - 87. ISSN: 0040-165X

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Lanzillo, A. (2022) 'Bombay Cinema's Islamicate History'. Journal of Religion & Film, 26 (2). pp. 1 - 8.Open Access Link

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Lanzillo, A. (2022) 'Meat, Mercy, Morality: Animals and Humanitarianism in Colonial Bengal 1850-1920'. South Asian History and Culture, 14 (1). pp. 93 - 95. ISSN: 1947-2498

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Lanzillo, A. (2022) 'Building Peshawar: Labor, Security, and Infrastructure at the Edge of Empire'. Journal of Social History, 56 (3). pp. 532 - 558. ISSN: 0022-4529

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