Rosalind O'Hanlon

Professor in Indian History and Culture

Oxford University

Rosalind O’Hanlon is Professor of Indian History and Culture, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. Her research interests include social and intellectual history of India; histories of caste in India; histories of empire, gender and the body; and social and religious history of Maharashtra. She is currently researching caste and the making of Brahman identities in early modern Maharashtra as well as the history of penance and purification in India. O'Hanlon is also involved in the Oxford Early Modern South Asia Project and the Oxford Centre for Early Modern Studies. 

Professor O'Hanlon's recent publications include "Kingdom, household and body: history, gender and imperial service under Akbar," Modern Asian Studies (September 2007); "Cultural Pluralism, Empire and the State in Early Modern South Asia," Indian Economic and Social History Review (2007); "Military Sports and the History of the Martial Body in India," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (2007); "Narratives of Penance and Purification in Western India, c. 1650-1850," Journal of Hindu Studies (2009); "The social worth of scribes: Brahmans, kayasthas and the social order in early modern India," in Rosalind O’Hanlon and David Washbrook (eds), "Munshis, Pandits and Record Keepers: Scribal Communities and Historical Change in India," special issue of The Indian Social and Economic History Review (October-December 2010); "Speaking from Siva’s temple: Banaras scholar households and the Brahman ‘ecumene’ of Mughal India," in Rosalind O’Hanlon and David Washbrook (eds), Religious Cultures in Early Modern India: New Perspectives (2011).