Edwin Hirschmann earned his PhD in History at the University of Wisconsin in 1972. His dissertation, “The Ilbert Bill as a Crisis in Imperial Relations,” served as the basis for his first book, "White Mutiny": The Ilbert Bill Crisis in India and the Genesis of the Indian National Congress (New Delhi: Heritage, 1980). Dr. Hirschmann is most recently the author of Robert Knight: Reforming Editor in Victorian India (Oxford U. Press, 2008), and is currently working on a project focusing on racism and other human weaknesses that corroded the high-and-mighty British Raj.
At Towson, Dr. Hirschmann was the founding co-chair of the Asian Studies Committee. He has served as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies, a member and later president of the Statewide Faculty Senate, and President of the Towson AAUP/Faculty Association.
Looking back at his career at Towson, Dr. Hirschmann writes:
“When I joined the faculty of Towson in 1969, I was an Indologist who was teaching history for a living. In addition to my India sequence, I taught courses in Islamic history, Southeast Asia, imperialism, and both halves of Western Civ. Over the years, I gradually became a historian whose research area was India. Now that I only teach India, I'd like to think I've achieved a mature blend of the two.
When I arrived at Towson in 1969, it was a state college, just emerging from the teacher's college embryo. It has grown tremendously in size, scope, and outlook. I'd like to think I've contributed my share.”
Robert Knight: Reforming Editor in Victorian India (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Recent Lectures and Presentations
Within the last few years Dr. Hirschmann has given papers at the World History Association, National Association of British Studies, South Asian Studies Association, and Mid-Atlantic Region of Association of Asian Studies.
Awards and Honors
Over the course of his career, Dr. Hirschmann has been awarded three different Fulbright grants for research and study in India, most recently a Senior Grant in 2005-6.