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Ramya Sreenivasan

Associate Professor
office: 560 Park Hall
phone: (716) 645-8411



PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2002

History of South Asia, 1500 to the present
Women in South Asian history, 1500 to the present
Religion, State and Society in South Asia
Islam and Muslims in modern South Asia

Field(s): South Asia, Islam

Hub(s): Culture & Society, Gender, Knowledge

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

Current Research: Religion and caste in early modern Rajasthan

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.

Journal articles:

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

Articles in edited volumes :

"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.

Other writing:

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

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

Awards, affiliations, et cetera:

2009: The Ananda Coomaraswamy Prize awarded by the Association for Asian Studies for the best book in South Asian Studies.

2009-2010: Annual Research Grant, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, University at Buffalo Law School

2009-2011: Chairperson, South Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies

Law and Religion Program, University at Buffalo Law School






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