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Mrinalini Sinha

Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History

Office Information:

1743 Haven Hall
phone: 734.615.3451

Asia; Global & World ; Gender Studies & Sexuality; Intellectual & Cultural History ; Nations & Nationalism; Politics & Power; History


Master's from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook

Selected Publications:

Political Imaginaries in Twentieth Century India. Edited Manu Goswami & Mrinalini Sinha. (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022)

“Afterword: The Discipline of the Conjuncture” in Ravinder Kaur & Nayanika Mathur eds. The People of India: New Indian Politics in the 21st Century (Gurugram: Penguin Viking, 2022)

“Nations and Nationalism” in Bonnie Smith & Nova Robinson eds. Routledge Global History of Feminism (New York: Routledge, 2022)

“Premonitions of the Past,” Journal of Asian Studies 74: 4 (Nov 2015)

"Totaram Sanadhya's Fiji Mein Mere Ekkis Varsh: A History of Empire and Nation in a Minor Key," in Ten Books That Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Commons, edited by Isabel Hofmeyr & A. Burton (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014)

“Whatever Happened to the Third British Empire? Empire, Nation, Redux” in Writing Imperial Histories, edited by Andrew Thompson (Manchester, UK: Manchester Univ. Press, 2013)

“A Global Perspective on Gender: What’s South Asia Got to do with it?” in South Asian Feminisms, edited by Ania Loomba & Ritty A. Lukose (Duke University Press, 2012)

"Historically Speaking: Gender and Citizenship in Colonial India," in The Question of Gender, edited by Judith Butler and Elizabeth Weed (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011)

"The Strange Death of an Imperial Ideal: The Case of Civis Britannicus" in Modern Makeovers: Handbook of Modernity in South Asia, edited by Saurabh Dube (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire(Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006) 

Colonial Masculinity: The 'manly Englishman' and the 'effeminate Bengali' in the late nineteenth century (Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1995)


  • Center for South Asian Studies
  • Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History
  • English Language and Literature
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Field(s) of Study

  • South Asia
  • Colonialism and Imperialism
  • World and Global
  • Women's Studies

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