Ali Khan Mahmudabad is an Indian historian, political scientist, writer, columnist, occasional poet, and assistant professor of both history and political science at Ashoka University, India. His Ph.D. at Cambridge focused on the formation of Muslim political identity in North India between 1850–1950. Before his Ph.D., he secured his MPhil, also from Cambridge. He wrote a thesis on transnational Shi‘a Muslim networks in the early 20th century between South Asia and the Middle East. His book titled “Poetry of Belonging: Muslim Imaginings of India 1850–1950” was published by Oxford in 2021.