Mytheli Sreenivas

Mytheli  Sreenivas

Mytheli Sreenivas

Associate Professor


365 Dulles Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Women's and Gender History Family and Sexuality
  • Modern South Asia
  • Cultural and Political Economy of Reproduction
  • Global and Transnational Feminisms


  • Ph.D. in Modern South Asian History and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • B.A. Yale University, 1994

Mytheli Sreenivas (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is Associate Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has research interests in women’s history, the history of sexuality and the family, colonialism and nationalism, and the cultural and political economy of reproduction.

Her research has been supported by several grants, including from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her book, Wives, Widows, Concubines: The Conjugal Family Ideal in Colonial India (Indiana University Press, 2008), was awarded the Joseph Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences from the American Institute of Indian Studies.

She teaches courses on modern South Asia, comparative women’s history, postcolonial and transnational feminisms, the politics of reproduction, and world history.


Most Recent Publications

"Creating Conjugal Subjects: Devadasis and the Politics of Marriage in Colonial Madras Presidency," Feminist Studies 37, no. 1 [Spring 2011].


Book Publications

Prof. Sreenivas' book, Wives, Widows, and Concubines.