Anjali Anand is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, with research interests in early modern state building and the economic history of colonialism. Her dissertation examines how access to Indian merchant capital determined the survival or disintegration of Indian states in the precolonial era. She is broadly interested in historical processes of state formation, including the governing of territory by non-state actors, the use of national identities to make claims on territory, the institutional structure of empires, and the precolonial determinants of colonial institutions.

Before entering the PhD program at Chicago, Anjali received a BA cum laude in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College. She has also worked as a Communication Skills Instructor at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and been a Fellow in the AIIS Urdu Academic Year Language Program in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.