Shereen Ilahi

Associate Professor of History; Director of General Education



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Shereen Ilahi earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern European History from The University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on British Imperialism in India and Ireland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her 2016 monograph analyzes imperial violence and British strategies of rule in India and Ireland in the immediate aftermath of World War One. Her research interests include gender and sexuality in South Asia and Ireland during British rule.

Dr. Ilahi also researches the assessment of student learning and served for six years on the Academic Programs Assessment Committee. In Fall 2018, she became North Central’s inaugural Director of General Education. In addition to her scholarship of teaching and learning, Dr. Ilahi teaches courses on European, Indian, Irish, and Middle Eastern history. She also contributes regularly to Gender and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies.

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Selected Scholarship

Imperial Violence and the Path to Independence: India, Ireland and the Crisis of Empire (London: I.B.Tauris, 2016)

"Research Note:  Sectarian Violence and the British Raj: The Muharram Riots of Lucknow," India Review Vol.6, No. 3 (July-September 2007), pp. 184-208.

"The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Fate of Kashmir," India Review Vol.2, No.1 (January 2003), pp. 77-102.  Reprinted in Tai Yong Tan and Gyanesh Kudaisya, eds.  Partition and Post-Colonial South Asia: A Reader vol.1, part 3 (New York: Routledge, 2008)

Courses Taught

HST 385: World Wars of the Twentieth Century

HST 281: Europe's Age of Mass Destruction

HST 280: Europe's Age of Mass Hysteria

HST 268: India Since 1750

HST 140: Modern Ireland

HST 108: Western Civs in Modern Times

GLS 366: Global Power and the British Empire

GWS 100: Sex, Gender and Sexuality

HST 271: Modern Middle East

FYE 100 : First Year Experience