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Hollian Wint (Frederick)

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Email    wint@history.ucla.edu
Office  5339 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-794-9551
My work spans the Indian Ocean from East Africa to the Indian subcontinent.

The first project took me into archives in Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania, Gujarat and Bombay, as well as London and Washington DC. My teaching interests are similarly broad; I have taught classes on Africa and the Indian Ocean, global histories of capital, money, and debt, and the history of Islam. In both my teaching and research, I explore the intersections of gender, political economy, and material culture, as well as innovative historical methods. 

I am currently completing my first book, entitled Mobile Households: The Intimate Economies of Credit Across the Indian Ocean, c. 1860-1964.  Proceeding from close comparative analysis of Arabic, Gujarati, and Swahili documents, the work is a micro-history of regional financial and familial networks through the abolition of slavery and the rise and fall of British imperial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Research for this project received support from the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright Hays, the American Institute for Indian Studies, the NYU-Abu Dhabi Humanities Institute, and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University. 



  • PhD New York University, 2016
  • MA (Honors) University of Edinburgh (History & English Literature), 2006


  • 2016-2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, Northwestern University
  • 2016 Humanities Research Fellowship, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
  • 2013 Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, Fulbright Hays 
  • 2011-2012 Junior Research Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies

Selected Publications

"Empire and Capitalism in the Western Indian Ocean." Arab Studies Journal 26, no. 2 (2018): 180-192.

“Keeping it in the Family? Her- and His-Stories among Gujarati Business Communities in the Nineteenth Century Indian Ocean”. In Sharmina Mawani and Anjoom A. Mukadam (eds). Perspectives of Female Researchers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Gujarati Identities. (Berlin: Logos Verlag Berlin, 2016).


East Africa (Tanzania & Swahili Coast); South Asia (Gujarat & Bombay); Histories of Global Capitalism; Economic Anthropology; Gender and Political Economy