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Ramya Sreenivasan

Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair

809 Williams Hall


Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Research Interests

Early modern South Asia; gender and household in northern India; religion and caste in northern India; colonialism and modernity.

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.


Selected articles

“Kingship and Authority Reconsidered: Amber (Rajasthan), circa 1560 – 1615.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 57 (2014): 549 – 586.

“Warrior-Tales at Hinterland Courts in North India, c. 1370 – 1550,” in Francesca Orsini and Samira Sheikh eds. After Timur Left: Culture and Circulation in Fifteenth-Century North India, Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Faith and Allegiance in Mughal India: Perspectives from Rajasthan,” in Vasudha Dalmia and Munis D. Faruqui eds. Religious Interactions in Mughal India, Oxford University Press, 2014.

"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.

"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.


Other writing

“A South Asianist’s Response to Victor Lieberman’s Strange Parallels,”  Journal of Asian Studies, 70, 4 (November 2011): 983–93. Invited by the Editor of the JAS.

“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