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Melissa Turoff

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-3735
1 Wash Pl, Room 617

B.A. History & Italian, Vassar College, 2007
M.A. History, University of California, Berkeley, 2012

Melissa Turoff is a political and cultural historian of the British Empire from the 18th to 20th centuries. Her research and teaching interests include modern British and European history, the British Empire in India before and during the Raj, comparative European imperialism, postcolonial theory, and modern South Asia. Her research is focused on questions regarding knowledge production, museums, the heritage industry, the politics of space, and perspectives drawn from her comparative fields in architecture and urbanism. She received her BA in History from Vassar College, and her MA from the University of California, Berkeley’s History Department, where she is currently writing her dissertation on British antiquarianism in South Asia in the late 18th century. Before graduate school, she worked in news and documentary film production at WNET.ORG, conducted research for several history museums, and has always been committed to public history. She has been a teaching assistant on British and European History at UC Berkeley, and will be lecturing on global imperialism at LaGuardia Community College in the fall. She also currently works at Columbia’s South Asia Institute, where she organizes seminars and teacher-training workshops.

Teaching and Research Interests

modern British and European history, imperial history and theory, postcolonial studies, the heritage and tourist industry, the politics of space

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Melissa Turoff led a two-day teacher training seminar/conference at Columbia's South Asia Institute in March 2018.

Melissa Turoff