Professor Sunil Kumar is a historian of medieval Indian history at the University of Delhi. His scholarship focuses on the genesis of the idea of a Muslim community in North India between the 13th and 14th centuries, and the means whereby the state sought to be its servitor and protector. Professor Kumar is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Present in Delhi’s Pasts and The Emergence of the Delhi Sultanate. While at Berkeley, Sunil Kumar participated in a series of campus-wide projects, including a new class on religion in medieval India and a large-scale conference. He also delivered a public lecture entitled "Others Looking at Others: Hindu-Muslim Encounters, 1200-1600." He was hosted by the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies.