Salem State University History Professor Michele Louro is teaching and conducting research in New Delhi, India, this semester after receiving a grant through the Fulbright Scholars Program. Louro is researching a trial linked to the Red Scare for her next book, while also co-teaching a class that is virtual for her students in the U.S. and in-person for classmates at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.
“One of my goals is to not only teach history, but to teach students to be global citizens of the world,” said Louro. “I’m especially excited for students in the U.S. and India to collaborate and learn from one another.”
Co-taught with her JNU colleague, the class, titled “Colonialism and the Making of the Modern World,” will allow Salem State and JNU students to engage in class discussions together and collaborate on analyzing historical documents.
The Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Flex grant allows Louro to grow her expertise on anti-communism in colonial India by examining archives related to a 1920s trial and studying the transimperial networks of anti-communism and its applications in colonial India.
Louro is the author of Comrades against Imperialism: Nehru, India and Interwar Internationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and co-editor and contributor of League against Imperialism: Lives and Afterlives (Leiden Press, 2020).
At Salem State, Louro teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on modern world history, South Asia, and the British Empire. She is the faculty fellow for Open Education Resources and just finished her role as president of the Society for Advancing the History of South Asia, an American Historical Association affiliate.
Louro is among three Salem State University faculty members taking part in Fulbrights during the 2022-2023 academic year. She is joined by Professor of Social Work Zoe Kessler, who is researching the de-institutionalization of social care in Latvia, and Bertolon School of Business Professor John McArdle, who traveled to Kosovo to help a university strengthen its economics program.