Sumathi Ramaswamy

Professor of History

Duke University

Sumathi Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University and Director of the Duke Center for South Asian Studies. She studied ancient Indian history at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi before taking her Ph.D. in History from UC Berkeley. She is the author of The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India (2010), The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories (2004), and Passions of the Tongue: Language Devotion in Tamil India, 1891-1970 (1997). Her edited volumes include Barefoot Across the Nation: Maqbool Fida Husain and the Idea of India (2010), and Beyond Appearances? Visual Practices and Ideologies in Modern India (2003). She is currently working on a project entitled “Global Itineraries: The Indian Travels of a Worldly Object.” She is co-founder of a trans-national digital network for popular South Asian visual culture called Tasveer Ghar (House of Pictures, www.tasveerghar.net).