C. Ryan Perkins

South Asian Studies Librarian

Islamic Studies Librarian

As the librarian for South Asian and Islamic Studies I am responsibe for building the library's collection of materials from and about South Asia and the Islamic world in English, European languages, and languages of the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia.  This involves building and sustaining a network of antiquarian dealers, book vendors, scholars, publishers, and libraries in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.  Apart from responding to faculty teaching needs I work in collaboration with the South Asia Center, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and their affiliates to provide research assistance to faculty, students, and other library users.  I also serve as a lecturer in Stanford's Department of History and oversee the Bahai collection.


  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Professional activities 

Association for Asian Studies

Selected Publications 

London, Lucknow, and the Global Indian City c. 1857-1920” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Volume 27, Issue 4, October 2017, pp. 611-626.

• “A New Pablik: Abdul Halim Sharar, Volunteerism and the Anjuman-e Dar us Salam in late nineteenth century India,” Modern Asian Studies, Volume 49, Issue 04, July 2015, pp. 1049-1090.

“From the Mehfil to the Printed Word: Public Debate and Discourse in Late Colonial India” in the Indian Economic and Social History Review, January–March 2013 50:47-76.

• Ashutosh Misra and Michael E. Clarke, eds. Pakistan’s Stability Paradox: Domestic, regional and international dimensions (2012), in Journal of International and Global Studies, Volume 4, No. 1: November 2012.