Danna Agmon is an Assistant Professor in the History department, and Core Faculty in the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT). She was trained in an interdisciplinary program, receiving a PhD in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan. Her specialty is the history of French empire in the early modern period, specifically in South Asia and the Indian Ocean. Her research explores the fraught intersection of trade and religion in the eighteenth-century French colonies in India.
Currently she is working on a book manuscript, titled “The Nayiniyappa Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and a Colonial Scandal in French India.” An article drawn from this project, titled “The Currency of Kinship: Trading Families and Trading on Family in Colonial French India,” was recently published in the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies. Another article, “Striking Pondichéry: Religious Struggles and French Authority in an Indian Colony of the Ancien Régime,” will appear in the journal French Historical Studies. Her work has been supported by a Bourse Chateaubriand, the Council for European Studies, the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities, and Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.