Prasannan Parthasarathi is a professor of history at Boston College. He is particularly interested in environmental change, agriculture, and labor in 19th-century South India.
In the 19th century, the ecology of Tamilnad, a region in southeastern India, was severely degraded. At Radcliffe, Parthasarathi will examine the impact of these changes on agriculture and livelihoods.
Parthasarathi earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1992. His research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies and the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology. He is a senior editor of International Labor and Working Class History and serves on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including the American Historical Review, the Medieval History Journal, and Textile History.