Mahdi Chowdhury is a doctoral student in History at Harvard University. His research interests include the histories of modern South Asia and the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, and global Islam. Supervised by Dr. Sugata Bose, his Ph.D dissertation is tentatively on the subject of the nineteenth century hajj—with an exploratory interest in the themes of memory, modernity, and space. Chowdhury received his B.A. in History at the University of Toronto and his M.Phil in World History at the University of Cambridge.