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Durba Ghosh

Associate professor

Mcgraw Hall, Room 321



I teach courses on modern South Asia, the British empire, gender, and colonialism and a freshman-writing seminar on Gandhi.  My teaching and research interests focus on understanding the history of British colonialism on the Indian subcontinent.  For my first project, I wrote about gender, culture, law, archives, and colonial governance in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century India; I was interested in the kind of everyday history that occurs in colonial families and households. In connection with this research, I teach courses on South Asia, gender, sexuality and the state; in Fall 2016, I will be teaching an introductory course with Tamara Loos called A Global History of Love.  

My current research focuses on popular and radical political movements in early and mid-twentieth century India and the ways in which violence against the British colonial state became an important, but historically underemphasized, form of protest. In working on this project, I have become fascinated with the ways that political violence has become a central part of popular historical narratives. In connection with this research, she teaches a freshman-writing seminar on Gandhi and the politics of nonviolence.


  • History

Graduate Fields

  • Asian Studies
  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • History


  • Modern South Asia, gender, colonialism