David Gilmartin is Professor of History at North Carolina State University. His research interest focus on the intersections between the history of British imperialism in South Asia and the development of modern politics and forms of rule. His most recent book, Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History (2015) examines the intersection between environmental and political history over the last 200 years. His current research focuses on the legal history of India's electoral institutions as they have evolved from its colonial past, and on the ways these institutions have reflected evolving visions of sovereignty.
Additional publications by Prof. Gilmartin include Civilization and Modernity: Narrating the Creation of Pakistan (New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2014); Muslim Voices: Community and the Self in South Asia, co-edited with Usha Sanyal and Sandria Freitag (New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2013); Expanding Frontiers in South Asian and World History: Essays in Honor of John F. Richards, co-edited with Richard M. Eaton, Munis D. Faruqui, and Sunil Kumar (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013); Beyond Turk and Hindu: Rethinking Religious Identities in Islamicate South Asia, co-edited with Bruce Lawrence (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000); and Empire and Islam: Punjab and the Making of Pakistan (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988; London: I. B. Tauris, 1988; Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1988)
Prof. Gilmartin received his BA from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in History from the University of California--Berkeley.
The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan is named in honor of one of the leading figures in the history of the Habib family. In addition to successfully guiding the Habib familys transition from India to Pakistan following independence in 1947, Mahomedali Habib laid the foundations for the House of Habib, a group of powerful business and financial companies. The group has a long-standing history of philanthropy and social service and is currently leading the establishment of Habib University, a liberal arts and sciences university, in Pakistan which aims to bridge the gap between global academia and Pakistan. Toward honoring the legacy of Mahomedali Habib who was distinguished by his love for Pakistan and his deep commitment to education and philanthropy the Habib family has decided to endow an annual lecture series in his name. Through this lecture series the Habib family aims to improve and diversify conversations about Pakistan in the United States as well as create opportunities for US and Pakistan-based scholars to dialogue.