Baishakh Chakrabarti is a historian specializing in economic, financial and community histories in late nineteenth and early twentieth century India. He is trained as a modernist historian of South Asia and his Ph.D. dissertation was on gambling, speculation, commodity exchanges and the making of the small investor in Colonial India (1867-1943). His research interests cover political economy and histories of finance capitalism colonial law, agrarian studies, colonial governmentality, empire and state making. He has an M.A and M.Phil. in modern history from Jawaharlal Nehru University and he has recently completed his PhD from the South Asia Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania.