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Department of History

Dr Eleanor Newbigin

BA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)


Eleanor Newbigin
Department of History

Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern South Asia

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre for Gender Studies

Member, Centre for Gender Studies

Dr Eleanor Newbigin
Email address:
020 7898 4625
020 7898 4699
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Office Hours:
Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm or by email appointment


I am interested in ideas and practices of citizenship in India, especially during the subcontinent’s transition to independence. My research focuses in particular on the relationship between political economy and religious-based personal law, and I am interested in the ways in which gender and family relationships shape citizenship and people's interaction with the state in South Asia.


Authored Books

Newbigin, Eleanor (2013) The Hindu family and the emergence of modern India: law, citizenship and community. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society)


Newbigin, Eleanor (2011) 'Personal law and citizenship in India’s transition to independence.' Modern Asian Studies, 45 (01). pp. 7-32.

Newbigin, Eleanor (2010) 'A postcolonial patriarchy? Representing family in the Indian nation-state.' Modern Asian Studies, 44 (01). pp. 121-144.

Newbigin, Eleanor (2009) 'The codification of personal law and secular citizenship: revisiting the history of law reform in late colonial India.' Indian Economic and Social History Review, 46 (1). pp. 83-104.

Newbigin, Eleanor and Denault, Leigh and De, Rohit (2009) 'Personal law, identity politics and civil society in colonial South Asia.' Indian Economic and Social History Review, 46 (1). pp. 1-4.

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