Osama Siddiqui

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:



Ruane Center for the Humanities 128


Ph.D. - Cornell University

Brief Biography:

I am a historian of the British Empire in India, with a particular interest in intellectual history, the history of ideas, and the history of economic thought. Broadly, I am interested in thinking about how ideas travel and how they are transformed in different historical contexts.

My current book project is about the translation and reception of British economic ideas in colonial India. I look at how economic thinkers like James Mill, John Stuart Mill, Alfred Marshall, and others were translated into Indian languages like Urdu in the nineteenth century, and how Indian translators drew upon older Islamic and Indo-Persian conceptions of wealth and politics to make sense of modern economic ideas.

Before coming to Providence College, I received my PhD in History from Cornell University (2019). My research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the American Historical Association.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Modern Britain; British Empire; Modern South Asia; intellectual history and the history of economic thought; history of translation.