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The Fantastic World of Gulnaz: Education and Modernity in India

Even those unfamiliar with Indian history know from the media that Indians are currently making global waves with their competency in multiple disciplines of technical skills as well as proficiency in foreign languages. Along with many of her fellow historians, Nita Kumar has been studying this change for the past two decades. As a historian who focuses primarily on education and modernity, she is fascinated by the cultural revolution that seems to have taken place. Education in India has historically been a powerful resource for manipulating success and creating identity. It also remains partly a fantasy, as the case of Gulnaz, one of India’s youngest citizens, will illustrate. Professor Kumar will present her theories on the melange that is India's educational system.

A recent addition to CMC’s faculty, Professor Kumar has published no less than six books, and has also contributed chapters to dozens of others. She has taught at several notable institutions, including Yale University, the University of Chicago, and the University of New Dehli. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. Nita Kumar is the first Brown Family professor of South Asian History at CMC.