Scott Levi

Associate Professor

Professor Scott Levi joined the OSU History Department in 2008 as a specialist in the history of Islamic Central Asia. He earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000).

Professor Levi's research focuses on the socio-economic history of early modern Central Asia. In addition to his journal articles, book chapters and other publications, Professor Levi has authored The Indian Diaspora in Central Asia and its Trade, 1550-1900 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002). He has also edited India and Central Asia: Commerce and Culture, 1500–1800 (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007) and co-edited (with Ron Sela) Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Sources (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010). He has recently completed work on another book, Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road (Penguin 2015). He is currently at work on another research monograph, Central Asia on the Frontier of Empires: The Khanate of Khoqand (1799-1876), that seeks to connect the Khanate's rapid rise and fall to larger Eurasian, and global, historical patterns. Professor Levi is a recipient of the 2011 OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Areas of Expertise
  • Islamic History
  • Russian and East European History
  • Comparative Empires
  • Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy
  • Power, Culture, and the State
  • Religion in History

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