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Sabrina Datoo received her bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences from McMaster University, before moving to the United Kingdom. After reading for an M.Sc. in social anthropology at St Anne’s College, Oxford, she was appointed the academic coordinator of the Graduate Programme on Islamic Studies and the Humanities at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, UK. Datoo later earned her Ph.D. in South Asian history from the University of Chicago in 2020. Her research on the medical humanities in South Asia has been supported by the American Institute of Indian Studies and the American Philosophical Society. Before joining the Hamilton faculty, Datoo taught at Reed College. At Hamilton, she looks forward to teaching courses on science, medicine, and media in Asia.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to the Humanities
Science & Islam: Global Histories
The Mughals and Their Worlds: Early Modern South Asia

Select Publications

  • “Advertising Medical Technologies in Urdu Print c.1930: Prosthesis and Possibility” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 43, no. 6, (2020): 1143-1162.
  • “Imagining Indian Medicine: Epistemic Virtues and Dissonant Temporalities in the Usman Report, 1923,” Asian Medicine, 15, no.1, (2020): 83-106.
  •  “A Sedulous Subversion: Gail Minault and the Muslim Woman” Newbooks.asia, International Institute of Asian Studies.
  • Interviewed by Roanne Kantor for Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal, August.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • American Association for the History of Medicine
  • Association of Asian Studies
  • International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicines

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
M.Sc., St Anne’s College, University of Oxford
B.Sc., McMaster University

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