David Gilmartin received his Ph.D. in History in 1979 from UC-Berkeley and joined the faculty at North Carolina State University in 1983. His dissertation focused on the politics of Pakistan’s creation and was later revised and published as Empire and Islam: Punjab and the Making of Pakistan (1988). He co-edited with Bruce Lawrence a volume of essays entitled Beyond Turk and Hindu: Rethinking Religious Identities in Islamicate South Asia (2000). He has also published articles on the history and politics of irrigation and water control in the Indus basin, both during the colonial era and after.
His most recent research is focused on the history and evolution of election law in colonial and postcolonial India. Among his recent publications are: "Rule of Law, Rule of Life: Caste, Democracy, and the Courts in India," American Historical Review (April 2010); “Towards a Global History of Voting: Sovereignty, the Diffusion of Ideas, and the Enchanted Individual,” Religions (June 2012); and “Introduction to Election Law in India,” (with Robert Moog) in special issue on India of the Election Law Journal (June 2012).