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Masterclass with Dr. Mrinalini Sinha

Start Date and Time:

Friday, December 6, 2019, 10:00AM

End Date and Time:

Friday, December 6, 2019, 12:00PM


Dr. Mrinalini Sinha

This masterclass event features a seminar style discussion with Dr. Mrinalini Sinha, the Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Participants are expected to have read the following texts and bring questions to the seminar about the various topics raised, as they relate to their own research endeavors.


  • Sinha, Mrinalini. “Whatever happened to the Third British Empire? Empire, Nation Redux” in Andrew S. Thompson, ed., Writing imperial histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013.
  • Sinha, Mrinalini. “Premonitions of the Past.” The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 74, No. 4 (November 2015): 821-841.


Dr. Mrinalini Sinha is the Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History, Professor (by courtesy) of English and Women’s Studies, and Senior Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Her books include Colonial Masculinity: The Manly Englishman and the Effeminate Bengali (Manchester University Press, 1995), which brought gender analysis to the study of colonialism and nationalism in India, and Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire (Duke University Press, 2006), which received the Albion Book Prize as well as the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in 2007.

Dr. Sinha is currently working on two book projects, both related to the imperial origins of Indian nationalism. The first, “Complete Political Independence: The Curious Genealogy of a Nationalist Indian Demand,” follows the shift in Indian nationalism from claiming the rights of British imperial subjects to their ultimate demand for a nation-state. The second studies of the politics of M.K. Gandhi that places him in the political context of empire in the early 20th century.

Dr. Sinha has served as president of the Association for Asian Studies (2014-15), on the Council of the American Historical Association (2005-07), and on the executive board founding the Society for Advancing the History of South Asia (2008-12). She has been a recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (US), the American Institute of Indian Studies and the American Philosophical Society.



  • Department of History

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