Dr Eleanor Newbigin
BA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)
Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern South Asia
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
- Dr Eleanor Newbigin
- Email address:
- 020 7898 4625
- 020 7898 4699
- SOAS, University of London
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- 2015/16 Terms 2&3
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.
- Dissertation in History
- Dissertation in History: Africa
- Dissertation in History: East Asia
- Dissertation in History: Near and Middle East
- Dissertation in History: South Asia
- Dissertation in History: South East Asia
- Gender, law and the family in the history of modern South Asia
- Sources and Research Design in Historical Research
- The Body and the Making of Colonial Difference in British India
PhD Students supervised
- Aakriti Mandhwani, Everyday Reading: Popular magazines and Book publishing in Post Independence India
- Anisha Thomas, Questions of Consent and Coercion: Understanding Sexual Assault Trials in India
- Naina Manjrekar, Discontent and Decolonisation after World War II: The Case of the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny
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)
Edited Books or Journal Volumes
Newbigin, Eleanor and Shani, Ornit and Legg, Stephen, eds. (2016) Constitutionalism and the evolution of democracy in India - special section in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Duke University Press. (Forthcoming)
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.