Department of History

Rupali Mishra

Rupali Mishra Assistant Professor
Thach 325
(334) 844-7774

Office Hours

  • Monday 11-11:50
  • Wednesday 11-11:50

    and by appointment


Rupali Mishra received her PhD and MA from Princeton University (2010 and 2005, respectively) and her BA from the University of Virginia (2003). In 2013-2014 she was a Barbara Thom Fellow at the Huntington Library, and was a short-term fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2013. Her research interests include early modern England, early empire and expansion, and political culture. She began teaching in Auburn in fall 2010. She is a former holder of a Javits fellowship.

Dr. Mishra’s book, A Business of State: Commerce, Politics, and the Birth of the East India Company, will appear with Harvard University Press in 2018. In the book, she examines the Company as a political body, investigating both the internal life of the Company and its place in the wider English polity, including its relationship with crown, privy council and parliament. She is particularly interested in the nature of political engagement in the early modern period, and how the needs and requirements of early expansion challenged and transformed English political culture.

At Auburn, she teaches both World History I and II, as well as a variety of courses on early modern Europe and England, including the 2000-level survey of early modern Europe, a 3000-level course on Elizabeth and her England, a 5000-level course on early modern England, 1485-1688, and graduate seminars on early modern England and early modern political culture.


  • 2010 PhD, Princeton University
  • 2005 MA, Princeton University
  • 2003 BA, University of Virginia

Representative Publications

A Business of State: Commerce, Politics, and the Birth of the East India Company. Forthcoming with Harvard University Press in 2018.

"Diplomacy at the Edge: Split interests in the Roe Embassy to the Mughal court." Journal of British Studies 53 (January 2014): 1-24.

Last Updated: January 08, 2018