Scott Levi

Chair and Professor

Scott Levi is a historian of the social and economic history of early modern Central Asia.  In addition to his journal articles, book chapters and other publications, he has authored The Rise and Fall of Khoqand, 1709–1876: Central Asia in the Global Age (Pittsburgh University Press, 2017); Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road (Penguin, 2015); and The Indian Diaspora in Central Asia and its Trade, 1550-1900 (E. J. Brill, 2002).  He has also edited India and Central Asia: Commerce and Culture, 1500–1800 (Oxford University Press, 2007) and co-edited (with Ron Sela) Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Sources (Indiana University Press, 2010).  His current project, “Early Modern Connections: Global Integration and the 18th-Century Bukharan Crisis,” examines a number of ways that historical processes unfolding across the early modern world contributed to the collapse of the Bukharan Khanate.  Professor Levi is a recipient of the 2011 OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.


Areas of Expertise
  • Islamic History
  • Russian and East European History
  • Global Early Modern
  • Comparative Empires
  • Religion in History

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