Danna Agmon

Danna Agmon

Danna Agmon

Associate Professor, History and ASPECT


412 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061




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  • French empire in India and the Indian Ocean
  • 17th-19th centuries

Professional Activities

  • American Historial Association
  • Society for French Historical Studies
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies


  • Ph.D. Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A. Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • B.A. Tel Aviv University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    2015–2016 Huntington Library Long-Term Fellowship 

    2015 Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society

    2014 Niles Research Grant, Virginia Tech

    Selected Publications


    A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017.

    Articles and Book Chapters

    • “Striking Pondichéry: Religious Struggles and French Authority in an Indian Colony of the Ancien Régime”. French Historical Studies (2014) 37, no. 3. 437-467.
    • “The Currency of Kinship: Trading Families and Trading on Family in Colonial French India.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 47, no. 2 [2014]: 137-155.
    • “Conflicts in the Context of Conversion: French Jesuits and Tamil Religious Intermediaries in Madurai, India.” In Intercultural Encounter: Jesuit Mission in South Asia, 16th-18th Centuries, edited by Anand Amaladass and Ines G. Zupanov. Bangalore, India: Asian Trading Corporation, 2014: 179-198.
    • “Intermediaries on the Move: Mobility and Stability in the Making of Colonial Go-Betweens in Eighteenth-Century India.” In Intermédiares culturels/Cultural Intermediaries, edited by Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding and Ellen R. Welch. Paris: Honoré-Champion.2015: 217-236

    Additional Information

    Current Research: A book manuscript titled A World at Court: Law and Empire in the French Indian Ocean.

    To find out more, check out Danna Agmon's website.