James Heitzman has died

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James Heitzman (October 27, 1950-November 15, 2008), historian of SouthAsia and urban studies scholar, passed away in Stanford hospital, California, while receiving treatment for cancer.

He received his Doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and an M.S. in Information Studies from Drexel University in 1989.

He held numerous professional appointments including as a research analyst in the Library of Congress (1987-1988); a history professor in Cazenovia College, NY (1989-1997) and Georgia State University, Atlanta (1997- 2004); and as the Director of Summer Sessions, University of California, Davis (2004-2006).

He is remembered for his love of South Asia and his life-long commitment to furthering knowledge of the region’s history and society. His numerous publications and research interests (in Buddhism, Chola history, the medieval world, cities, Bangalore, science and technology) include books such as “Gifts of Power” (1997), “The World in the Year 1000” (2003), “Network City” (2004), and “The City in South Asia” (2008).
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