Centre for Historical Studies,
School of Social Sciences
Areas of Interest/Specialization
Adivasi Studies; Environmental History; Colonial Ethnography; Missionary Studies; Visual Representations
22+ years; teaching in JNU since 2008
Awards & Honours
- UK Visiting Fellowship, Nehru Trust for the Indian Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2020-2021
- Asa Briggs Fellow, University of Sussex, 2017
- Visiting Fellow at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 2016
- Research Award, University Grants Commission, 2012-2014
- Invited to the Program in Agrarian Studies and the Program in South Asian Studies, Yale University, 2013
- Research Grant, Charles Wallace India Trust, 2011
- International Visiting Fellow, Grinnell College, 2010
- Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellow, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, 2005-2007
- UK Visiting Fellowship and Small Study and Research Grant, Nehru Trust for the Indian Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2003-2004
- Scholarship from the Deutscher Akademisher Austauschdienst (DAAD), 1994-1995
- Junior and Senior Research Fellow, University Grants Commission, 1992-1997
- Kuruville Zachariah Prize, Presidency College, 1987
- Senior Research Associate, Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex
- Project Lead for ‘Planning Grant’ from the Modern Endangered Archives Programme, UCLA Library and Arcadia for the project titled ‘Political Pamphlets, Photographs and Local Journals: Narrating ideas of Indigeneity in Jharkhand, India’ (https://meap.library.ucla.edu/indigeneity-jharkhand-india-jnu). Co-applicant: Vinita Damodaran, University of Sussex.
- Member of Advisory Council of the Leverhulme project titled ‘An Antique Land: Geology, Philology and the Making of the Indian Subcontinent, 1830-1920’, Department of History, University of Kent, 2013-2015.
Best Peer Reviewed Publications
- The Oraons of Chhotanagpur: A journey through colonial ethnography, Modern Asian Studies (forthcoming, 2022)
- Adivasi Studies: From a historian’s perspective, History Compass, First Published: 11 September 2018 (https://doi.org/10.1111/hic3.12486)/ History Compass, Vol. 16, Issue 10, October 2018.
- Mapping histories: Many narratives of Tana pasts, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, First Published: February 10, 2016 (https://doi.org/10.1177/0019464615619546)/ The Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 53, Issue 1, Special Issue, January – March 2016, pp. 99-129.
- ‘Heathen aboriginals’, ‘Christian tribes’ and ‘animistic races’: Missionary narratives on the Oraons of Chhotanagpur in colonial India, Modern Asian Studies, First Published: July 24, 2015 (https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X15000025)/ Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 50, Issue 2, March 2016, pp. 437-478.
- The journey of an anthropologist in Chhotanagpur, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, First Published: April 1, 2004 (https://doi.org/10.1177/001946460404100203) /The Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 42, Issue 2, 2004, pp. 165-198.
- Reordering a world: The Tana Bhagat movement, 1914-1919, Studies in History, First Published: February 1, 1999 (https://doi.org/10.1177/025764309901500101)/ Studies in History, Vol. 15, Issue 1, 1999, pp. 1-41.
Recent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books
- Reordering Adivasi Worlds: Representation, Resistance, Memory, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2021.
- Religion as protest: Tana Bhagats, in Marine Carrin ed., Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia (BERIPSA), Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2021, pp. 283-292.
- The Politics of Belonging in India: Becoming Adivasi (with D.J. Rycroft), Routledge, London and New York, 2011.
(The Paperback Edition was published in 2013, and the First Indian Reprint was published in 2014.)