Professor of History
Teaching and Research Specialties
Southeast Asia, South Asia, Pacific basin, economic, comparative religion
Kenneth R. Hall, professor of history at Ball State University, is a specialist in pre-1500 South and Southeast Asian history and culture, comparative urbanization and wider Indian Ocean maritime networking. His most recent books are A History of Early Southeast Asia: Maritime Trade and Societal Development c. 100-1500 (2011); The Growth of Non-Western Cities, Primary and Secondary Urban Networking c. 900-1900 (edited volume 2011); New Perspectives in the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia (edited volume 2011); Networks of Trade, Polity, and Societal Integration in Chola-Era South India c. 875-1279 (2014), His 2019-2020 publications are “Champa Ports-of-Trade Networking on the Coastline c. 300-1500 CE” (Bangkok); “Regional Identities, Maritime Networking and Islamic Conversions in Fifteenth-Century Java“ (London); Editor, Cross-Cultural Networking in the Eastern Indian Ocean Realm, c. 100-1800/author “Revisionist Study of Mainland South-East Asia’s Maritime Connections, c.100-1500” (Delhi); “South Asia: 8th Century India Transitions” (Leeds); “Contested Histories of Ming Agency in the Java Sea, Straits of Melaka, and Bay of Bengal Region” (New York); “Knowledge Transfers in 14th and 15th Century Java” (Singapore); and “Ayutthaya’s Seventeenth-Century Deerskin Trade in the Extended Eastern Indian Ocean and South China Sea” (New York/Leeds).