Books Published by Dissertation Workshop Participants



The annual AIIS Dissertation-to-Book Workshop aims to assist recent PhDs convert their doctoral dissertations into publishable monographs. Over the years, the resulting books published by workshop participants have made valuable contributions to all fields within the study of South Asia, as evidenced by the list below.

The following list is organized by year of participation in the AIIS workshop.


Debjani Bhattacharyya, Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta: The Making of Calcutta (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Durba Mitra Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought (Princeton University Press, 2020)

Dwaipayan Sen, The Decline of the Caste Question: Jogendranath Mandal and the Defeat of Dalit Politics in Bengal (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Caleb Simmons, Devotional Sovereignty: Kingship and Religion in India, 1782-1868  (Oxford University Press, 2019)


Francesca Jensenius, Social Justice through Inclusion: The Consequences of Electoral Quotas in India (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Mubbashir Rizmi, The Ethics of Staying: Social Movements and Land Rights Politics in Pakistan (Stanford University Press, 2019)

Hamsa Stainton Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir (Oxford University Press, 2019)


Gil Ben-Herut, Siva’s Saints: The Origins of Devotion in Kannada According to Harihara’s Ragalegalu (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Gil Ben-Herut and Jon Keune (eds., with Anne Monius), Regional Communities of Devotion in South Asia: Insiders, Outsiders, and Interlopers (CRC Press, 2019)

Christina Davis, The Struggle for a Multilingual Future: Youth and Education in Sri Lanka (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Garrett Field, Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka (University of California Press, 2017)

Maura Finkelstein, The Archive of Loss: Lively Ruination in Mill Land Mumbai (Duke University Press, 2019)

Mythri Jegathesan, Tea & Solidarity: Tamil Women & Work in Postwar Sri Lanka (University of Washington Press, 2019)

Uditi Sen, Citizen Refugee: Forging the Indian Nation after Partition (Cambridge University Press, 2018)


Amy Bhatt, High-Tech Housewives: Indian IT Workers, Gendered Labor, and Transmigration (University of Press, 2018)

Jennifer Dubrow, Cosmopolitan Dreams: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture in Colonial South Asia (University of Hawaii Press, 2018)

Michele Friedner, Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India (Rutgers University Press, 2015)

Walter Hakala, Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia (Columbia University Press, 2016)

Leah Koskimaki (ed., with Carol Upadhya and Mario Rutten), Provincial Globalization in India: Transregional Mobilities and Development Politics (Routledge, 2018)

Emily Rook-Koepsel, Democracy and Unity in India: Understanding the All India Phenomenon, 1940-1960 (Routledge, 2019)

Angela Rudert, Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Woman-Led Spiritual Movement (Lexington Books, 2017)

Michael Slouber, Early Tantric Medicine: Snakebite, Mantras, and Healing in the Garuda Tantras (Oxford University Press, 2016)


Bambi Chapin, Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village: Shaping Hierarchy and Desire (Rutgers University Press, 2014)

Sunila Kale, Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development (Stanford University Press, 2014)

Max Katz, Lineage of Loss: Counternarratives of North Indian Music (Wesleyan University Press, 2017)

Michele Louro, Comrades Against Imperialism: Nehru, India, and Interwar Internationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2018) 

Sujatha Arundathi Meegama, Sri Lanka: Connected Art Histories (Marg, 2017)

Harris Solomon, Metabolic Living: Food, Fat, and the Absorption of Illness in India (Duke University Press, 2016)


Sareeta Amrute, Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin (Duke University Press, 2016)

Neilesh Bose, Recasting the Region: Language, Culture, and Islam in Colonial Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Antoinette DeNapoli, Real Sadhus Sing to God: Gender, Asceticism, and Vernacular Religion in Rajasthan (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Jenny Huberman, Ambivalent Encounters: Childhood, Tourism, and Social Change in Banaras, India (Rutgers University Press, 2012)

Sarasi Majumder, People’s Car: Industrial India and the Riddles of Populism (University of Fordham Press, 2018)

Constantine Nakassis, Doing Style: Youth and Mass Mediation in South India (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Debarati Sen, Everyday Sustainability: Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling (SUNY Press, 2017)

Bhrigupati Singh, Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Anna Stirr, Singing Across Divides: Music and Intimate Politics in Nepal (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Sanjeev Vidyarthi, One Idea, Many Plans: An American City Design Concept in Independent India (Routledge, 2015)


Tarini Bedi, The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena: Political Matronage in Urbanizing India (SUNY Press, 2016)

Varuni Bhatia, Unforgetting Chaitanya: Vaishnavism and Cultures of Devotion in Colonial Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Kristin Bloomer, Possessed by the Virgin: Hinduism, Roman Catholicism and Marian Possession in South India (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Laura Brueck, Writing Resistance: The Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature (Columbia University Press, 2014)