H William Warner
South Asian History
"Mountstuart Elphinstone and the Study of Afghans"
Working dissertation Title:
"The Afghan Diaspora in British India and Its Decline, c. 1800-1947"
My research focuses on the early modern and modern history of Islamic South Asia and I am especially interested in histories of migration, diaspora, and borderlands. My current research project addresses how the changing position of Afghans in the socio-economic structures of the Indian subcontinent influenced Afghan migration and settlement patterns. By looking at Afghan communities that traveled throughout India and the wider Indian Ocean world, I demonstrate that even as the orbit of Afghan migration expanded, their occupations abroad ultimately encouraged them to return home. As a result, in the modern period, Afghan migration became increasingly circular and their relationships with their homelands more intense.