Interviews - Rachel Sturman


Rachel Sturman

Rachel Sturman is a historian of modern South Asia and Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College. Her recent work has explored the contours of colonial legal and political economic thought in the governance of the family. Her first book, The Government of Social Life in Colonial India: Liberalism, Religious Law, and Women's Rights, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. A study of colonial Hindu law in practice, the book situates the systems of personal (religious) law within a broader framework of colonial liberal political economic thought and its legal and administrative imperatives. Her current project is a study of histories of manual labor since the late nineteenth century, focusing on vernacular as well as internationalist ideas of labor and human emancipation in colonial and post-colonial Bombay.

Professor Sturman's interests span the fields of law, labor, histories of human rights, political economy, intellectual history, gender & sexuality, and imperialism and colonialism. She has been a Fellow of the University of Michigan Society of Fellows, and a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Researcher Award.