Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

Prof. Dr. Michael Mann

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Prof. Dr. Michael Mann
michael.mann (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften → Kulturen und Gesellschaften Südasiens
Visiting address
Invalidenstraße 118 , Room 218
Phone number
(030) 2093-66042
(030) 2093-66048
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Michael Mann has conducted research on various periods and issues in South Asian economic and social history from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. He has published numerous articles on environmental history. His research has recently expanded into the areas of urban history, urbanization and migration in the South Asian region. These investigations focus in part on questions of historiography. His “Geschichte Indiens vom 18. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert,” published in 2005, has become a standard introductory text on its subject.



Since April 1, 2010, Professor Mann has headed the Department of South Asia Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He studied South Asian History, Medieval and Modern History, Indology and German Language and Literature at the Universität Heidelberg, where he earned his doctorate in 1992 with a dissertation on the agricultural and environmental history of northern India. For his thesis on the development of the British colonial government in Bengal, he obtained his postdoctoral qualification in 1999. He has taught at the FernUniversität in Hagen, the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg, and the Global and European Institute of the Universität Leipzig. On a temporary basis in 2008/09, he held the professorship in Cultural Economic History at the Karl Jaspers Centre of the Universität Heidelberg. Publications