Nita Kumar

Nita Kumar, Ph.D.

Brown Family Professor of South Asian History

Areas of Expertise:
India, South Asia

Nita Kumar
(909) 607-0490
Kravis Center 214

Office Hours

Monday, 11-12 p.m. Wednesday, 11-12 p.m.Thursday, 2-4 p.m.
  • Education
  • Awards and Affiliations
  • Research and Publications
B.A., University of Lucknow, India; M.A., University of Bridgeport; M.Phil., Jawaharial Nehru University, India; Ph.D., University of Chicago; Lecturer, University of Chicago; Mellon Fellow and Assistant Professor, Brown University; Associate Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India; Fulbright Fellow, Yale University; Professor, Brandeis University; Reed College; University of Michigan. (On leave, second semester.)
  • 2007, India Foundation for the Arts

  • 2003-2006, Research grant from IDPAD (Indo-Dutch Programme in Alternative Development)

  • 2001, American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Fellowship

  • 1999-2000, Spencer Foundation Short-term Research Grant

  • 1998-99, Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship

  • The Politics of Gender, Community, and Modernity: Essays on Education. Oxford, Delhi, 2007

  • Lessons from Schools: A History of Education in Banaras. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2000

  • Mai: a novel by Geetanjali Shree. Translated with an afterword. Delhi: Kali for Women, 2000

  • Women as Subjects: South Asian Histories. Edited. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1994

  • Friends, Brothers and Informants: Fieldwork Memoirs of Banaras. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992

  • The Artisans of Banaras: Popular Culture and Identity, 1880-1986. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988.