Chitralekha Zutshi specializes in Modern South Asia, with particular interests in Islam in the Indian Subcontinent; interactions between religious identities, regional movements and nationalism in princely and colonial India; commodity and consumer cultures in Britain and colonial India; ideas of history and historiography in pre-colonial and colonial India; and empire. She received her PhD from Tufts University. Her book, entitled Languages of Belonging: Islam, Regional Identity, and the Making of Kashmir, was published by Permanent Black, New Delhi (2003); Hurst & Co., London (2004); and Oxford University Press, New York (2004). The paperback edition of the book was published in 2011 by Permanent Black, New Delhi. It is now available in Kindle and at the Apple Bookstore.
Her forthcoming book is entitled Kashmir's Contested Pasts: Narratives, Sacred Geographies, and the Historical Imagination. It examines the articulation of multiple ideas of Kashmir within its multilingual tradition of historical composition over the longue duree, through an intertextual reading of Sanskrit, Persian, Kashmiri and Urdu oral and textual narratives. Several fellowships have supported her research, including the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2005-2006) and the Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress (2008). She has been awarded a 2014-15 Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies for her third book project. A winner of the 2014 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at the College of William and Mary, she is also an Associate Editor of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.
She teaches a variety of courses on South Asian history and the British Empire, including "History of South Asia," "Islam and Politics in South Asia," "Kashmir: Past, Present, and Future," "Empire and Science in Colonial India," "Nation, Gender, and Race in British India," "Gandhi: Memory and Representation," "Bollywood and the Making of Modern India," and "Empires and Imperialism." She is the founder and first director of the College's summer study abroad program in Goa, India, which she directed again in summer 2013.