David Ludden Bio - Author And Historian

BY SUYASHA Published on 08 March, 2021

Allen Ludden's son David Ludden, is a reputed history professor. image Source: Social Media.

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Birth Name David Ellsworth Ludden
Birth Day 03/15/1948
Birth place Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Nationality American
Profession History Professor, Author
Parents Allen Ludden, Margaret McGloin
Husband/Wife Dina Mahnaz Siddiqi
Sibling Martha Ludden, Sarah Ludden
College/University University of Pennsylvania
Children Mohona Sara Siddiqi

David Ludden is an American historian who has also authored a book. He is a professor of History at New York University and has previously lectured at various universities. He has also written some books which are mainly focused on South Asia and its history.

David is a married man and has a daughter. He is the founder and director of the NYU Global Asia Program. His books are critically acclaimed all over the world. Betty White's stepson, David, is a reputed historian. Now, let's learn more about the professor's biography and personal life.

Early Life And Family

David Ludden was born on March 15, 1948. He was born to father Allen Ludden and mother, Margaret McGloin. David's father, Allen, was an American television personality, actor, emcee, and game show host. He grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, with his two sisters Martha Ludden and Sarah Ludden. David is the eldest of all three children of Allen and Margaret. When David was just thirteen years old, his mother passed away. According to some sources, Margaret lost her life due to cancer. Two years after David's mother passed away, his dad married Betty White, the Emmy-winning actress.

David Ludden Biography.

Ludden attended Yale University from 1966 to 1970. David then moved to the University of Pennsylvania. There, he received a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in South Asia Regional Studies. Ludden received his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in history.


After receiving his Ph.D., David joined the University of Virginia in 1979 as an assistant professor of history. He taught at the university for one year, then returned to the University of Pennsylvania. David taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2007. During those years at the university, he served as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1987. Ludden was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and taught for two years until he was promoted to a full professor in 1999. He worked as a professor at the UPenn until 2008. David also served as chairman of the university's South Asia Department from 1992 to 1995.

David Ludden Wiki.

In the year 2007, David moved to New York University. There he began his job as the professor of political economy and globalization at the Department of History. Ludden is also a Senior Fellow at Institute for Public Knowledge. David is also working as Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. He is associated with different universities. He worked as a visiting professor for developmental research at BRAC University in Dhaka in 2005.

Furthermore, David has directed South Asia programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Fulbright Senior Scholars program (CIES), NYU, and the Social Science Research Council.  Apart from being a professor, David has also worked as an editor of the 1997 to 2000 book series Critical Histories at the University of Pennsylvania Press.


David Ludden has written many books. His books and research solely focus on South Asia, globalization, and inequities of capitalist economic development. Books written by David Ludden, along with their price, are given below:

Books Price
India and South Asia: A Short History $15.21
An Agrarian History of South Asia $30.43

David's other book Global Asia: A Spatial History, is still in progress. He has written and described the situations of South Asian countries, their culture, and traditions. Ludden has also worked in the translation of The Kuruntokai: An Anthology of Classical Tamil Love Poetry in Translation. 

David Ludden Net Worth

Ludden is a professor at prestigious New York University. He must have earned considerably as a professor. He has also accumulated significant income from the books he has written and published. Allen Ludden's son, David Ludden's net worth might not be as huge as his father's, but he is possibly doing well for himself.

Wife And Children

As stated earlier, Ludden is a married man. According to some site, he got married to his wife Dina Mahnaz Siddiqi on December 29, 1994. David Ludden's wife is also a professor and, just like her husband, prefers to stay away from the limelight. The pair have a daughter named Mohona Sara Siddiqi.

David loves privacy, and he has not spoken much about his personal life in the media. While Betty White's stepson lives his life away from the spotlight, we hope that David opens up about his life and family in the coming days.


  • He developed New York Center for Global Asia and South Asian Studies at NYU. 
  • David Ludden's father, Allen Ludden, passed away in 1981 due to stomach cancer.
  • David Ludden's research areas are mainly World History, Afro-Eurasian History, Globalization, Capitalism, and Inequality. 

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