Durba Ghosh

Associate Professor of History

Cornell University

Durba Ghosh is an associate professor of history at Cornell University where she teaches courses on modern South Asia, gender, and colonialism. She is the author of Sex and the Family in Colonial India: the Making of Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) and with Dane Kennedy, co-editor of Decentering Empire: Britain, India and the Transcolonial World, (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2006).

Her teaching and research interests focus on understanding the history of colonialism on the Indian subcontinent. She has written extensively on gender, culture, law, archives, and colonial governance in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century India, and is interested in the importance of history in legitimizing anti-colonial struggles. Her current research focuses on popular regional political movements in early and mid-twentieth century India and the ways in which violence against the British colonial state became an important, but underemphasized, form of protest.  She is the general book review editor of the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History and an elected member of the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies.