Aarti Bhalodia is Lecturer in the Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a doctorate in South Asian history from UT-Austin. She has carried out research in India and Great Britain. She is interested in changes in Indian kingship during the colonial era and merchant-ruler relations. Her research focuses on how and why Indian rulers adopted reformist policies in response to popular opinion. She is also interested in the social and cultural world of the Indian Ocean and the role of philanthropy in modern education.