Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Chair in the Department of History at Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. in History in 1983 from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. In 1998, Jalal was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Before joining the Department of History at Tufts, she held teaching positions at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In addition to her many other publications, Jalal is best known for her book, The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan (Cambridge University Press, 1985), which built upon her dissertation work at Trinity College. Her current projects include the following books: Battle for Pakistan, Jinnah, and Companion to Modern South Asia co-authored with Sugata Bose.