Ertegun Staff and Scholar Profiles

Pranav Jain

Current course: 
MSt in British and European History 1500-present

Originally from India, I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2015 with a BA in history. My undergraduate thesis explored the intersection of the common law, millenarian thought and neoplatonism in the writings of Early Modern lawyer and politician John Sadler (1615-1674). My current research builds upon this and looks at the legal aspects of opposition to the Church of England during the Restoration, from around 1660 to the Glorious Revolution in 1688. I am particularly interested in exploring how the legal ideas under question were shaped by the turbulent politics of the era. Apart from Early Modern British history, I am also interested in Modern European history, Jewish history and the history of human rights. 

Between Chicago and Oxford, I was a fellow with the International Innovation Corps in New Delhi (IIC). With the IIC, I worked on a multi-national investment fund that supports emerging social entrepreneurs in sectors like education, agriculture and health. The experience has prompted me to reflect on what policymakers can learn from historians and vice versa. 

I have also worked as a translator and tutor in Hindi. Recently, I translated the English version of Priya's Shakti, an award winning comic book which focuses on women's rights in India. I remain passionate about presenting history to a wide audience, an interest that took shape when I founded an undergraduate history journal in college. At Oxford, I hope to explore more avenues for presenting scholarly history to non-specialists. 

I am truly honored to be a part of the fantastic community of Ertegun Scholars and remain deeply grateful to Mica and Ahmet Ertegun for their boundless generosity and support for the arts and humanities.