Mytheli Sreenivas

Associate Professor
Core Faculty

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.

Book Publications

  • Wives, Widows, and Concubines: The Conjugal Family Ideal in Colonial India, (Indiana University Press, 2008).


Most Recent Publications

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

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

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