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Ian Petrie

Director, Graduate Student Programming and Pedagogy

Ian Petrie is CETLI’s Director of Graduate Student Programming and Pedagogy. He took a B.A. in History from Queen’s University and an M.A. in Chinese history from the University of British Columbia. He completed his doctorate in South Asian history at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. From 2004 to 2009 he taught Western Civilization, South Asian History, Islamic History, and African History at Saint Joseph’s University.

His current research concerns the history of technology and labor history as viewed through the study of multinationals in late colonial India. With students, he also has researched the history of a ship which transported indentured laborers from India to Guyana.

He teaches courses on the global history of medicine and technology for the History and Sociology of Science department and on the Indian Ocean for South Asia Studies.

In 2023 he is teaching HSOC 0490: Comparative Medicine, one of the two gateway classes to the popular Health & Societies major. He hopes this does not make it less popular. To make an appointment, use this Calendly link.


Phone: (215) 746-7677