Permanent Faculty Members

Srimanjari

Dr. Srimanjari has experience of teaching history at Miranda House for the last three decades. The main courses that she has taught include, Social Formations and Cultural Patterns of the Ancient and Medieval World, and History of India (1750-1950). She is also engaged in guiding research at the Department of history, University of Delhi.

Her current research explores the interconnections between history, archives and memory particularly in the context of the port-city of Mangalore on the west coast of India. This is an attempt to restore to history individuals, groups and events that have escaped scrutiny in the mainstream history writing. Earlier, she worked on the social history of Bengal during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history – the World War II. The war and the Bengal Famine of 1943 was the subject of her doctoral thesis from the Department of History, University of Delhi. With the grant of the British Academy Visiting Fellowship (2000) and a field trip to Bangladesh (with travel grant from the ICHR), the post-doctoral work resulted in a book, Through War and Famine (2009). She has written educational material for the SCERT and IGNOU, the most recent publication is the course content on ‘Food Production’ in Ancient History for IGNOU (BHIC – 102, January 2020).

She contributed to the writing and designing of a pamphlet on the seven monuments on the Kamla Nehru Ridge (Northern Ridge) titled, ‘Walk through the Ages’, when the University of Delhi commemorated 150 years of the popular uprising of 1857 (2007). This also entailed series of walks on the Northern Ridge for the university and non-university enthusiasts. Srimanjari was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Delhi in the year 2007.


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Dr. Bharati Jagannathan is interested in the History of Religion in early India. She has worked on the Vaiṣṇava bhakti tradition of Tamil Nadu, and is currently engaged in looking at the Rāmāyaṇa from a feminist perspective. A Fulbright-Nehru scholar, her monograph, ‘Approaching the Divine: The Integration of Alvar Bhakti in Srivaisnavism’, appeared in 2015. She has been teaching the History of Modern Europe for over two decades. She conducts tree walks in Delhi where she both identifies trees and tells stories from mythology and popular folktales associated with particular trees. Most years, she conducts an informal writing workshop for students at Miranda House. Besides her academic publications, she has ten children’s books to her credit.


Madhu

Madhu has specialization in Modern Indian History. She received her education from the Department of History, University of Delhi. Her research interests include the histories of the marginalized people, especially migrants, Dalits and women. She has presented several papers in National and International Conferences on Dalit issues, inequality and caste. She has been an advisor and Expert for content development to CIET (NCERT). She has published papers on Gandhi, Untouchability and Temple-Entry (Victorious Publishers, Delhi, 2016). She has also contributed towards the Centenary Volume- Online Biographical Dictionary of the Women Suffrage Movement in the United States. https://documents.alexanderstreet.com/d/1010113866


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Dr. Snigdha Singh is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Miranda House. She has been awarded her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her areas of interest include gender relations, especially as represented in inscriptions and visual sources, with a special focus on the early historic period. She has recently published an article titled, ‘Exploring the Question of Gender at an Early Stupa: Inscriptions and Images’, in Snigdha Singh et al, Beyond the Woman Question: Reconstructing Gendered Identities in Early India, Delhi: Primus, 2018. Her book Inscribing Identities, Proclaiming Piety: Exploring Recording Practices in Early Historic India is forthcoming from Primus.


Sneh Jha specializes in Medieval Indian History and has taught undergraduate honours courses on Early Modern Europe and Environmental Issues in India apart from those on Medieval Indian Histories. She acquired her M.A and M. Phil degrees from the Department of History, University of Delhi. Her research focuses on the questions around languages and literary representations as cultural artefacts in medieval and early modern north India. For her M. Phil. she worked on Baburnama, a sixteenth century Turki text. Her doctoral work, in progress, is focused on Ramcaritmanas, a sixteenth century composition, as a source for reconstructing history of ideas, political cultures and knowledge formations in the early modern era.


Dr. Radhika Chadha is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Miranda House. She received her PhD in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has been Fellow, Fundacao Oriente, Lisbon. Her academic interests include medieval Islamic empires, the history of early modern India, the visual culture of medieval and early modern South Asia and Gender. Her book, Merchants, Renegades, Padres: Portuguese presence in early modern Bengal is forthcoming from Primus.

Dr. Kamini Kumar Das working as an Assistant Professor in Department of History, Miranda House, University of Delhi, has a Master's Degree in Modern Indian History from Vinoba Bhave University Jharkhand, linking into Contemporary History of Regional Politics she has successfully completed her PhD from South East Asian division of Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her Thesis named India Indonesia Strategic Partnership 1991 - 2008 has been Published from Lambert Academic Publishing House, Germany. She has also been awarded with Defence Research Fellow in the year 2007,from Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

Adhoc Faculty Members

Dr Sushmita Banerjee completed PhD in Medieval Indian History from Department of History, University of Delhi. Her research interests include Persian literary culture, sufism, intellectual history and politics. She has participated in several conferences and seminars. Her publications include research papers and review articles in IESHR, IHR, Contemporary South Asia and edited volumes

Dr. Sunny Kumar is an Assistant Professor at Miranda House, University of Delhi. He has been awarded his PhD from the Department of History, University of Delhi in 2019. It was titled ‘Anti-Colonial Resistance and Modern Politics in Colonial Punjab circa 1850s to 1920s’. He submitted his M. Phil dissertation in 2013 which was titled “Bhagat Singh and the HSRA: The History and Historiography of the Politics of Resistance in Punjab (1919-1931).” He has published various articles on state and politics in colonial south Asia including “Ghadar Movement after a Century: A Study in its History and Historiography” in NMML Occasional Paper, History and Society, (2017); “‘Terrorism’, or the Illegitimacy of Politics in Colonial India” published in Social Scientist (March-April 2015). He is currently working on his monograph which is titled “Between Community and Nation: Lajpat Rai and the Origin of Modern Politics in Punjab.”

Mridul Megha has specialised in Modern Indian History. She has done her PhD from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research areas include History of Public Health and History of Medicine in Colonial India. She has focussed upon the health concerns of native women and their bodies (particularly the marginalised prostitutes) as well as alternate sexualities during the British Raj. Her publications include ‘Women and Healthcare in colonial times: A Focussed Study of the CDA (1860-1940)’, International Journal of Studies in History and Culture, ISSN 2349 0934, Issue 2 Vol II, Fall Winter 2016 and ‘Body Politic: Sexuality, Health and Hygiene in Colonial India (1860-1930)’, South Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, ISSN 2349 7858, pp 286 – 310, 2017

Vijay Kumar is currently a PhD scholar at the University of Delhi. His specialisation is the history of modern India. His research work focuses on the Dalit history, labour history and popular culture in modern north India. He published two research articles and presented ten research papers on various themes of Dalits in national and international seminars at various prestigious universities and academic institutions. His three research papers on the Dalit military labour, Dalit Basti and Dalit identity are currently under the prestigious journal and publication houses (Sage and Bloomsbury) for publication. Besides, he has been working on his new research project The Chaukidars and the British Raj: A History of the Servants and Services in North India, 1780-1947 (a tentative title).