Ayesha Jalal is a Professor of History at Tufts University. She obtained her BA, majoring in History and Political Science, from Wellesley College, USA, and her doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge. Dr Jalal has been Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-84), Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1984-87), Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC (1985-86) and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (1988-90). Between 1998-2003 she was a MacArthur Fellow.
She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tufts University, Columbia University and Harvard University.
Her publications include The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan (Cambridge 1985 and 1994); The State of Martial Rule: the Origins of Pakistan's Political Economy of Defence (Cambridge, 1990) and Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia: a Comparative and Historical Perspective (Cambridge 1995).
She has also co-authored Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy (Routledge 1998) with Sugata Bose which has been published by Oxford University Press in India and by Sang-e-Meel in Pakistan. Her most recent book is Self and Sovereignty: the Muslim Individual and the Community of Islam in South Asia since c.1850 (London/New York:Routledge, Delhi: Oxford University Press and Lahore: Sang-e-Meel).
She is currently working on a new book length project entitled Partisans of Allah: Meanings of Jihad in South Asia.