Lisa Balabanlilar

Lisa Balabanlilar is an Associate Professor of History at Rice University. The focus of her research is the Timurid-Mughal dynasty of Central Asia and India, sixteenth-century empire builders who were descended from Genghis Khan and Tamerlane.  Her broader research interests encompass comparative imperial court culture, movement and procession, power and the landscape. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University in 2007.  Her first book, Imperial Identity in the Mughal Empire: Memory and Dynastic Politics in Early Modern South and Central Asia, a study of the Central Asian legacy of the Mughal dynasty of India, was published by I.B. Tauris/Palgrave in 2012.

Dr. Balabanlilar teaches a history of South Asia, a global history of Imperial Pleasure Gardens, Conquest Empires of Central Asia and Comparative Early Modern Islamic Empires (Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal).  She has won three teaching awards while at Rice, the most recent (2016) the George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rice’s highest teaching honor.

Dr. Balabanlilar is currently working on a biography of the seventeenth century Mughal Emperor Jahangir and is developing a textbook for the comparative study of imperial pleasure gardens.