Ramya Sreenivasan

Associate Professor, Department Chair
South Asia Language Coordinator
Contact Information
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815 Williams Hall
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By appointment
Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Research Interests: 

Early modern South Asia; religion and caste in early modern Rajasthan; colonialism and modernity; gender history.

Selected Publications: 


The Many Lives of a Rajput Queen: Heroic Pasts in Indian History c. 1500-1900. Permanent Black (New Delhi) and University of Washington Press, 2007.


"Drudges, Dancing-girls, Concubines: Female Slaves in Rajput Polity, 1500-1850". In Indrani Chatterjee and Richard Eaton, eds. Slavery and South Asian History, Indiana University Press, 2006.

"Genre, Politics, History: Urdu Traditions of Padmini."  In Kathryn Hansen and David Lelyveld, eds. A Wilderness of Possibilities: Urdu Studies in Transnational Perspective. Oxford University Press, 2005.

"Honoring the family: narratives and politics of Rajput kinship in pre-modern Rajasthan."  In Indrani Chatterjee, ed. Unfamiliar Relations: Family and History in South Asia.   Permanent Black (New Delhi) and Rutgers University Press, 2004.The 'marriage' of hindu and turak: Medieval Rajput histories of Jalor."  Medieval History Journal, Spring 2004.

“Alauddin Khalji Remembered: Conquest and Gender in Medieval Rajput Narratives.”  Studies in History, 2002.  Special issue on Gender in History, ed. Kumkum Roy and Tanika Sarkar.

Other writing

“Palace Life.” In Anna Jackson and Amin Jaffer, eds. Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts.  Victoria and Albert Museum (London), 2009.

“Sati.” Encyclopedia of Women in World History.  General Editor Bonnie Smith. Oxford University Press, 2008, vol. 3, pp. 639-640

Awards et cetera

2009 Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize for the Best Book in South Asian Studies, awarded by the Association for Asian Studies.

Member, South Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, 2008-11.

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