Samuel Wright

Samuel Wright

Assistant Professor

Samuel Wright is Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Languages division of the School of Arts and Sciences. He is an intellectual historian of South Asia with particular interest in the circulation of ideas, the history of knowledge, and linkages between philosophical arguments and social contexts. He engages with questions that span several early modern archives, especially those in Sanskrit and Bengali. He is currently working on two monographs. The first is a project on the intellectual history of Sanskrit logic in early modern India (to be submitted in 2018). The second is a project on scholar networks in South Asia during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

He completed his PhD from the University of Chicago and taught previously at Nalanda University. He serves on the advisory board for the Journal of South Asian Intellectual History.



  • “The Practice and Theory of Property in Seventeenth-Century Bengal.” Indian Economic and Social History Review 54(2): 147-182.
  • “Circulating Scholarship: A Note on a Sanskrit Letter from Bengal circa 1535 CE.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 27(1): 83-91. (published online October 2016).
  • “History in the Abstract: 'Brahman-ness' and the Discipline of Nyāya in Seventeenth-Century Vārāṇasī.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 44(5): 1041-1069. (published online November 2015)
  • “From Praśasti to Political Culture: the Nadia Raj and Malla Dynasty in Seventeenth-Century Bengal.” Journal of Asian Studies 73(2): 397-418.


  • “The Books of Religion: things, persons, and consumption practices in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Bengal.” In New Perspectives on Early Modern Bengal: Religion, Trade, and Politics, edited by Tilottama Mukherjee and Raziuddin Aquil. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers.
  • “Making Sense of Bhāshā in Sanskrit: Radhamohan Thakkur’s Mahābhāvānusāriṇī-ṭīkā and Literary Culture in Early Eighteenth-Century Bengal.” In Texts and Traditions in Early Modern North India, edited by Jack Hawley, Anshu Malhotra, and Tyler Williams. Delhi: Oxford University Press.


“Sustaining a Shastra: networks and the manuscript economy among Nyaya scholars in early colonial India,” for volume edited by Hugo David and Jonathan Duquette.
“The Problem of Nyāyaśāstra as a Universal Science.” In India’s Critical Tradition and Maulana Azad, edited by Tapas Ray.
“Rasa in the Ras: Toward a Connected History of Sanskrit and Bhāshā in Premodern Bengal.” In Proceedings of the 16th World Sanskrit Conference.

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