Allison Busch is Visiting Associate Professor of Hindi-Urdu literature in the department of Asian Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Hindi literature from the University of Chicago in 2003. Her expertise is in the early modern period (c. 1500-1800), with a special interest in India’s courtly traditions. Her book Poetry of Kings (Oxford, 2011) aimed to reframe conversations in Hindi studies about the precolonial literary past. A recent co-edited volume (with Dutch Hindi scholar Dr. Thomas de Bruijn), Culture and Circulation: Literature in Motion in Early Modern India (Brill, 2014), draws together essays by leading scholars of Hindi, Bengali, Persian, and Marathi literature in an attempt to foster conversations about the importance of multilingualism and literary cross-pollination in the Indian milieu.
Current book projects include a monograph on Hindi historical poetry and an ACLS-sponsored collaboration (with Art Historian Molly Aitken) on Indian poetry and painting. She is also working on translations of early Hindi poetry from the Mughal period, notably Keshavdas’ Rasikapriyā (1591)and the Sundarśṛṅgār (1631) of Sundar Kaviray.
Professor Busch enjoys teaching courses on Hindi-Urdu language, Indian literature, and South Asian cultural history. She advises undergraduate and graduate students on a range of topics in literature and history.