16 Facts About Ayesha Jalal


Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian who serves as the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, and was the recipient of the 1998 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.


Ayesha Jalal was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1956, the daughter of Hamid Jalal, a senior Pakistani civil servant, and his wife Zakia Jalal.


Ayesha Jalal is related in two ways to the Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto.


In other words, the uncle-nephew pair of Manto and Hamid Jalal were married to the sisters Safia and Zakia.


Ayesha Jalal is married to the distinguished Indian historian Sugata Bose, who is a professor of history at Harvard.


Ayesha Jalal is a grand-nephew of the Indian Bengali freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose.


Ayesha Jalal came to New York City at the age of 14, when her father was posted at the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations.

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Ayesha Jalal obtained her BA, majoring in History and Political Science, from Wellesley College, USA, and her doctorate in history from Trinity College at University of Cambridge, where she wrote her Ph.


Ayesha Jalal studied at Wellesley College before moving to Trinity College, Cambridge where she received her doctorate in 1983.


Ayesha Jalal stayed at Cambridge until 1987, working as a fellow of Trinity College and later as a Leverhulme Fellow.


Ayesha Jalal moved to Washington, DC in 1985, to work as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and later as Academy Scholar at the Harvard University's Academy for International and Area Studies.


Ayesha Jalal was hired by Columbia University as an associate professor in 1991 but her tenureship was declined after review in 1995.


Ayesha Jalal has been Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Leverhulme Fellow at the Center of South Asian Studies, Cambridge, Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC, Academy Scholar at Harvard University's Academy for International and Area Studies, associate professor at Columbia University's Department of History.


Ayesha Jalal sued Columbia University alleging bias after her tenure review for a professorship was declined in 1995.


Ayesha Jalal is among the most prominent American academics who write on the history of South Asia.


Ayesha Jalal is revered globally as a historian of meticulous methods.