Professor Ramnayaran Rawat

Subject: History

Department: University of Delaware, USA


Research Interests

Professor Rawat is a historian of South Asia with particular interests in colonial and postcolonial India, racism and social exclusion, subaltern histories, and histories of democracy. My research focuses on Dalits (‘untouchables’) of India and their engagement with colonialism, nationalism, spatial and social exclusionary regimes, and democratic thought and practice in modern India. He has recently finished a co-edited book, Dalit Studies, with a colleague K. Satyanarayana based in Hyderabad (India), Duke University Press, 2016. He is currently writing a second book, The Dalit Public Sphere: A Subaltern history Liberalism and Democratic Practices which explores the role of Dalit groups in introducing innovative ideas and practices in the history of liberal thought. The second book project has received generous support from the Smuts Visiting Fellowship, University of Cambridge, the American Council of Learned Societies’ Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, and the Senior Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Professor Rawat received his BA from the University of Delhi, where I also completed MA and MPhil (1996). I received my doctorate under a joint doctoral program from the University of Delhi and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam (2006). His doctoral research was supported by a Harry Frank Guggenheim dissertation fellowship (2003), and the four-year SEPHIS fellowship (1999-2002) awarded by The Netherlands.

His first book, Reconsidering Untouchability: Chamars and Dalit History in North India (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011), is the recipient of Joseph Elder book prize awarded by American Institute of Indian Studies (2009) and received ‘Honorable Mention’ in 2013 Association of Asian Studies Bernard S. Cohn book prize.