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Tanika Sarkar

Visiting Professor of History, Ashoka University

Tanika Sarkar graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta, and from Calcutta University. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation at Delhi University. She has taught at Indraprastha College and at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and she retired as Chair, Modern History, at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

She has also taught as Visiting Professor at the universities of Yale, Chicago, Witswaterand (South Africa), at CeMis, at the University of Gottingen, and at Grinnell College, US. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Trinity College, Cambridge, and at the universities of Washington, Keele, Dublin, Edinburgh, Pavia, Berkeley, and at Zentrum Moderner Orientale in Berlin.  She has delivered the plenary address at the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians in 1996, the keynote address at the European Association for South Asian Studies in 2012, and at the Bi-Annual Conference of South Asian Studies, New Zealand in 2015. 

She has been on the advisory boards of :

  • Journal of Women’s History (John Hopkins University Press )
  • South Asia Research, (School of African and Oriental Studies, London)
  • Women’s History Review (Portsmouth, UK )
  • Journal of South Asian Development, (Sage, London )
  • Indian Economic and Social History Review (Delhi)

She has served on the Governing Body of the Centre for Studies in Developing Societies, Delhi.

Her publications include:

  • Bengal 1928-34: The Politics of Protest, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1987.
  • Words to Win: The Making of Amar Jiban: A Modern Autobiography, Kali for Women, Delhi, 1999.
  • Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation: Community, Religion and Cultural Nationalism, Permanent Black, Delhi, and Indiana University Press and Hurst, 2001.
  • Rebels, Wives, Saints: Designing Selves and Nations in Colonial Times, Permanent Black, Delhi and Seagull, New York, 2009.
  •  Hindu Nationalism in India, Hurst and Co, London, 2021.
  • Co-edited with Sumit Sarkar, Women and Middle Class Social Reform: A Reader, 2 vols, Permanent Black, and Indiana University Press, 2008.
  • Co-edited with Sumit Sarkar, Caste in Modern India: A Reader, 2 volumes, Permanent Black, Ranikhet, 2013.
  • Co-edited with Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Calcutta: The Stormy Decades, Social Science Press, Delhi, 2015.
  • Co-edited with, Pius Malikandathil, and Joy L. K. Pachuau, Christianity in Indian History: Issues of Culture, Power and Knowledge, Primus Books, Delhi, 2017.
  • Co-edited with Humeira Iqtidar, Tolerance, Secularisation and Democratic Politics in South Asia, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2018.  
  • Co-edited with Amrita Basu, Women, Gender and Religious Nationalism, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2022.
  • Co-edited with Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Caste in Bengal: Histories of Hierarchy, Exclusion, and Resistance, Permanent Black, Ranikhet, 2022. 
  • Forthcoming: Gender and the Colonial and Post Colonial Indian Subcontinent, New Cambridge History of Modern India series, Cambridge University Press, UK.
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