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Anupama P Rao

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Title Associate Professor
Department History, Barnard College
Email arao@barnard.edu
Phone 212-854-8547
Address LEHMAN 416C
New York NY 10027

Anupama Rao, associate professor, has research and teaching interests are in the history of anticolonialism; gender and sexuality studies; caste and race; historical anthropology, social theory, and colonial genealogies of human rights and humanitarianism.

Her book, The Caste Question (University of California Press, 2009) theorizes caste subalternity, with specific focus on the role of anti-caste thought (and its thinkers) in producing alternative genealogies of political subject-formation through the vernacularization of political universals. She has also written on the themes of colonialism and humanitarianism, and on non-Western histories of gender and sexuality. Recent publications include: Discipline and the Other Body (Duke University Press, 2006); “Death of a Kotwal: Injury and the Politics of Recognition,” Subaltern Studies XII; Violence, Vulnerability and Embodiment (co-editor, special issues of Gender and History, 2004), and Gender and Caste: Issues in Indian Feminism (Kali for Women, 2003). She is currently working on a project tentatively entitled "Dalit Bombay," on the relationship between caste political culture and everyday life in colonial and postcolonial Bombay.

Rao received her B.A. (Honors) from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. from the Interdepartmental Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan. She currently serves as the President of the Society for the Advancement of the History of South Asia (SAHSA) of the American Historical Association; Director, project on "Liberalism and its Others" (Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference), Columbia University, and member of the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (2010-2012). Her work has been supported by grants from: the ACLS; the American Institute for Indian Studies; the Mellon Foundation; the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the SSRC. She was a Fellow-in-Residence at the National Humanities Center, 2008-2009.