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Shailaja D Paik
Title: Associate Professor of History, Faculty Affiliate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies
Office: 340 B McMicken Hall
My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of a number of fields: modern South Asia, Dalit studies, gender and women's studies, social and political movements, oral history, human rights and humanitarianism. As a historian I specialize in the social and cultural history of Modern India. I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University, Visiting Scholar at Emory University, GA, and also taught at Union College, Schenectady, NY. My research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation, among others. My scholarship and research interests are concerned with contributing to and furthering the dialogue in anti-colonial struggles, transnational women’s history, women-of-color feminisms, and particularly on gendering caste, and subaltern history. My first book Dalit Women's Education in Modern India: Double Discrimination (London and New York: Routledge, 2014 ) examines the nexus between caste, class, gender, and state pedagogical practices among Dalit ("Untouchable") women in urban India. See the latest book review in the American Historical Review (https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article-abstract/122/4/1186/4320253?redirectedFrom=fulltext) and H-Net https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=45609. My second book project focuses on popular culture in modern Maharashtra.
Courses Developed and Taught
- Gender, Sexuality, and Society (Graduate Research Seminar)
- Women, Sexuality, and Society (Seminar)
- Gender and Empire (Under-graduate and Graduate Seminar)
- World History (Online)
- Ambedkar and Gandhi
- Civilizations of South Asia
- The Making of Modern India (1800-1947)
- Indian Nationalism and Anti-colonialism
- Film and Empire
- Caste, Gender, and Nation (Seminar)
- Women in South Asia (Seminar)
- Caste and Identity in India (Seminar)
- India on Film
- Ph.D., University of Warwick, U.K., 2007 (Modern Indian History).
Modern South Asia, Dalit Studies, Women, Gender and Feminism, Social and Political movements, Oral history, Caste, Race and Human Rights.
- Taft Summer Research Fellowship. $8000. 05/20/2014 to 07/20/2014.
- Senior Long-term Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies-National Endowment for the Humanities. 2016 to 2017.
- Charles Phelps Taft Center Fellowship. 2016 to 2017.
Peer Reviewed Publications
- "Chhadi lage chham chham, vidya yeyi gham gham (The harder the stick beats, the faster the flow of knowledge): Dalit Women’s Struggle for Education." Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 16.2 (2009), 175-204.[Link]
- "Amchya Jalmachi Chittarkatha (The Bioscope of Our Lives): Who is Our Ally?." The Economic and Political Weekly, xliv.40 (2009), 39-47.[Link]
- “Mahar-Dalit-Buddhist: The history and politics of naming in Maharashtra.” Contributions to Indian Sociology, 45.2 (2011), 217-241.[Link]
- “Bey eka bey, bey doni char (Two times One is Two, Two times Two is Four): Dalit Women’s Schooling,” In Claiming Power From Below: Dalits and the Subaltern Question in India. Eds. Manu Bhagavan and Anne Feldhaus, Oxford University Press, June 2008.[Link]
- "Kamala: the story of a dancer” [Abstract]. All India Women's Studies Centre, 2005.
- "Building Bridges: Articulating Dalit and African American Women's Solidarity" Women's Studies Quarterly (Feminist Press at the City University of New York). 42: 3&4. Fall/Winter 2014.[Link]
- "Forging a New Dalit Womanhood in Colonial Western India: Discourse on Modernity, Rights, Education, and Emancipation." Journal of Women's History, 28:4, 2016, pp. 14-40.[Link]
- "Mangala Bansode and The Social Life of Tamasha," Biography, 40:1, Winter 2017.[Link]
- "For Dignity and Rights of Dalit Women," Report Submitted to UN CERD Treaty Body. 2007.Link]
- Education and Exclusion of Dalits: A History of Hurt and Humiliation. 2016. the wire.in[Link]
- "Tamasgir" Mangala Bansode and the "Tamasha" of her Life. 2017. the wire.in[Link]
- Shailaja Paik. "Health, Hygiene, and Sustainability among Valmiki (Sweeper) Women in Maharashtra." In Imraana Qadeer (Eds.), Dalit Women: Health and Human Rights India: Kali for Women. The Hindi version was out in June 2012.
- 2014. Review of "A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States". Social History. 39:1, 141-143.[Link]
- June 2015. Review of Rupa Viswanath's The Pariah Problem: Caste, Religion,
and the Social in Modern India (Columbia University Press, 2014). American Historical Review. June 2015.[Link]
- January 2015. Review of Aishwary Kumar's Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy (Stanford, 2014). H-Asia. [Link]
- 2017. Review of The Gender of Caste, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.[Link]
- 2018. Review of Dalit Studies (Duke, 2016). Histoire-Sociale/Social History [Link]
- 2018. Review of S. Anandhi and Karin Kapadia ed. Dalit Women: Vanguard of an Alternative Politics in India (Routledge, 2017). The Economic and Political Weekly of India.
Presentations & Lectures
- (2013). Dr. Ambedkar and the Empowerment of Dalit Women Columbia University, NY.
- (2013). The Reform of Women and Exclusion of Dalits Amherst College, MA.
- (2013). The Reform of Women and Exclusions of Caste Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University, NY.
- (2013). Fashioning Feminism in Colonial Western India Bowdoin College, ME.
- (2013). Rights, Education, and Dalit Women's Empowerment: Jotirao Phule and B.R. Ambedkar's Fashioning of "Feminist" Technologies South Asia Colloquium Series, Spring, Yale University.
- (2012). Deva Amhala laya livhana yeoode (God, let us learn to write a lot): Investigating the social and educational history of Dalit women in twentieth century western India South Asia Brown Bag, Yale University.
- (2012). Education and Dignity: Examining the social and educational history of Dalit women in Maharashtra Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
- (2012). Daughters of the Lesser God: Investigating Dalit women's education and empowerment History Department, Montana State University.
- (2012). Caste and Patriarchy University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- (2011). "To Re-shape and Re-organize Our Worlds: Dalit Women's Education and Emancipation" Dartmouth College, NH.
- (2011). Caste and Gender, Anti-caste and Anti-race struggles, Dalits and Education University of Iowa, Iowa city, IA.
- (2011). Caste and Democracy in India University of Iowa.
- (2009). "Untouched Colors: Caste in India and Race in the US" Union College, NY.
- (2009). What are you going to do with this math training? The Burden of Educating Dalit Girls,” George Mason University, DC.
- (2009). Amchya jalmachi chittarkatha (The narrative depiction of our lives): Contesting mainstream feminism and Dalit patriarchy University of Pennsylvania.
- (2014). Dalit Women's Education in Modern India University of Pune.
- (2016). The Social Life of Dance Dartmouth College, NH.
- (2013). Building Bridges: Forging an African-American and Dalit Women's Coalition. Annual Conference of the National Women's Studies Association, Cincinnati, OH.
- (2013). Reform of women and exclusion of Dalits. Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
- (2013). "Deviant Sexuality" and the struggle for survival: Investigating caste-based sexual labor and everyday living of tamasgirs (folk performers) in Maharashtra. Annual Conference of the American Historical Association, New Orleans, US.
Honors & Awards
- Malathy Singh Visiting Assistant Professor of South Asian History at the South Asian Studies Council, Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, CT, 2012.
- American Institute of Indian Studies-National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Long-term Fellowship.
Experience & Service
- 2012 to 2013, Post-Doctoral Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor, Yale University, New Haven, CT.