Howard Brasted is Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Director of the Asia Pacific Centre at the University of New England (UNE), Armidale, Australia. His interest in South Asia began at Edinburgh University where he embarked on a PhD in 1968 researching Irish connections with India. From 1972-73 he taught units on Indian nationalism at Edinburgh University. In 1974 Brasted was appointed to UNE to teach a foundation course on Indian civilisation and from 1980 units on the British Raj and Gandhian satyagraha. Brasted continues to teach a unit on Gandhi but effectively changed teaching and research fields in 1994, when he received a government grant to introduce a Master of Islamic Studies.
Since this program has an Asian focus, South Asia figures as a regional case study through a new unit – Islam in South Asia – which was introduced in 2012. From 1984 he became actively involved in the promotion of South Asia Studies in Australia, when Brasted took on the joint roles of Secretary of SASAA (1984-2002) and Editor of South Asia (1984-2001), positions which he held for almost 20 years.