Nandita Goswami’s research interest lies in studying the socio-cultural histories of medieval and early modern South Asia, particularly northern and eastern India. Her current research focuses on writing an early modern socio-cultural history of Assam. Broadly, it takes into consideration questions related to the formation and nature of the early modern Ahom state, kingship, and political culture. Nandita’s emphasis is on tracing their interconnections, shifts, and continuities, juxtaposed with the larger socio-cultural processes of early modern eastern India. She engages in a close reading of extant vernacular sources in the form of buranjis/Ahom court chronicles, Persian sources, and colonial documents written by the early colonial visitors to Assam before its annexation by the British colonial state in 1826.
Nandita completed her BA (Hons.) in History from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi; after which she pursued her MA and MPhil in Medieval Indian History from Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi. Proficient in English, Assamese, and Hindi languages, Nandita has completed a certificate-level program in Persian and is undertaking an advanced level Persian course to aid in research.