Dr. Sohini Guha

Designation: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Email: sohini.guha@gmail.com

 

Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

(2011- present)

On leave : 2014-2015

Navajbhai Ratan Tata Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. (2009-2010)

 

Education

McGill University

Ph.D. in Political Science (2009)

Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Ethnic Parties, Material Politics and the Ethnic Poor: The Bahujan Samaj Party in North India.”

Doctoral Committee: Jacob T. Levy, Khalid M. Medani, Narendra Subramanian (Advisor)

External Reader: Christophe Jaffrelot

Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Political Science, M.Phil. (1998)

Title of M.Phil. Thesis: “The Politics of Social Change: A Study of Displacement and Changing Tribal Identity in Jharkhand, India.”

Advisor: Niraja Gopal Jayal

External Reader: Nandini Sundar 

Political Science, M.A. (1996) Presidency College, University of Calcutta 

Political Science, B.A. (Honours) (1994)

 

Fields of Interest

Politics of Identity

Politics of Ethno-Nationalism Ethnic Parties

Anthropology of the State

Caste Bureaucracy

Fellowships and Awards

Award Nominations 2009-2010

Dissertation Award nominations made by McGill University :

1. Council of Graduate Studies (CGS) /UMI ‘Distinguished Dissertation
Award’ 2010, for dissertations submitted in 2008 and 2009, Canadian Competition, Social Sciences category.

2. Council of Graduate Studies (CGS)/UMI ‘Best Dissertation Award’ 2010, for dissertations submitted in 2008 and 2009, United States Competition, Social Sciences category.

3. Vincent Lemieux Prize 2011, awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association for ‘the best Ph.D. dissertation in Political Science submitted at a Canadian institution in 2009 and 2010.’

Awards and Fellowships Received

2014-2015: New India Fellowship (to write a book on the political mobilization of lower castes in North India)

2000-2004: Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship (for doctoral research)

Other Awards

2008-2009: Arts Insights Dissertation Completion Award, Faculty of Arts, McGill University.

2006-2007: Graduate Student Fellowship, Centre for Developing Area Studies, McGill University.

2003-2004: Internal SSHRC (Social Science And Humanities Research Council) Grant for Doctoral Research Travel.

2003-2004: Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Grant for Doctoral Fieldwork.

1998-2000: Senior Research Fellowship (Doctoral Research Grant), University Grants Commission, India (received over duration of enrolment in the Ph.D. Program at Jawaharlal Nehru University)

1996-1998: Junior Research Fellowship (M.Phil. Research Grant), University Grants Commission, India.

1996: Cleared the Net Eligibility Test for Lecturership (NET), conducted by the University Grants Commission, India.

Publications

Journal Articles/Papers/Chapters

2014

“The Politics of Low Caste Empowerment in North India : Notes on the State/Society Distinction.” Occasional Paper 180, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, March 2014.

2013

“The Bahujan Samaj Party : Its Shifting Strategies of Subaltern Mobilization in Uttar Pradesh.” In Sudha Pai (ed.) Handbook of Politics in Indian States : Regions, Parties, and Economic Reforms, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2013.

“From Ethnic to Multiethnic : The Transformation of the Bahujan Samaj Party in North India,” Ethnopolitics, 12 : 1, March 2013.

2007

“Asymmetric Representation and the Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh,” Seminar, 571, March 2007.

Book Reviews

2012

Rajit Mazumder, The Indian Army and the Making of Punjab, Permanent Black, New Delhi, 2011. In Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 12: 3, 2012.

2011

Omar Khalidi, Khaki and Ethnic Violence in India : Armed Forces, Police and the Paramilitary During Communal Riots, Three Essays Collective, Gurgaon, India, 2010. In Pacific Affairs, 84 : 2, June 2011.

Conferences/Workshops/Lectures

2015

“Social Justice in Postcolonial India : Some Predicaments.” Paper presented at the International Seminar on ‘Law, Institutions and Political Philosophy,’ University of Delhi, August 21-22, 2015.

2013

Discussant for the paper, “A Radical Conception of Democracy : Its Promise and Limits,” presented by Prof. Valerian Rodrigues, at the National Seminar on ‘Exploring New Realms of Politics in India : Knowledge of Democracy and Democracy of Knowledge,’ Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, February 21-22, 2013.

2012

“‘Crass,’ ‘Corrupt’ and ‘Opportunistic’ : The Media, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Reproduction of Caste.” Paper presented at the Workshop on ‘Rethinking Power in Modern India,’ Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, April 5, 2012.

--------------- Paper presented at the National Seminar on ‘Mindscapes of Caste : Reconciling Equality and Justice,’ Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, March 23-24, 2012.

“Caste and Politics.” Talk delivered as part of the Lecture Series on ‘Caste in the Disciplines,’ Interdisciplinary Course offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi (January-May 2012), 28 February, 2012.

2011

“The Ethnographic Method.” Talk delivered as Resource Person for the Workshop on ‘Qualitative Methods and Techniques in Social Science Research,’ organized by the North Western Regional Centre of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, at Punjab University, December 5-10, 2011.

“The Politics of Low Caste Empowerment in North India : Notes on the State- Society Distinction.” Paper presented at the Departmental Seminar Series, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, September 7, 2011.

--------------- Paper presented at the Faculty Workshop, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, January 21-22, 2011.

2010

“Caste and the Public-Private Distinction.” Talk delivered as Resource Person at the Navajbhai Ratan Tata Trust (NRTT) Workshop on ‘The Public and the Private : Lives, Institutions, Practices,’ Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, October 28 – November 3, 2010.

2009

“Caste Violence and Electoral Politics : Uttar Pradesh, Post-1995.” Paper presented at the Navajbhai Ratan Tata Trust (NRTT) Workshop on ‘Violation and Violence,’ Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, November 4 -10, 2009.

“Gandhi and National Self-Determination.” Lecture presented at the Undergraduate Seminar ‘Global and Modern Worlds,’ taught by Profs. Catherine Lu (Political Science) and Michael Cowan (German Studies), and administered by the Arts Legacy Interdisciplinary Programme, McGill University, March 20, 2009.

2007

“Ethnic Politics, Material Empowerment and The Ethnic Poor : The Bahujan Samaj Party in India.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 12 -14, 2007.

2006

Participant, and discussant for the paper “Ethnography from Below? Reflections from an Industrialized Slaughterhouse on Perspectives, Power and the Ethnographic
Voice,” presented by Timothy Pachirat, at the Workshop on ‘Political Ethnography : What Insider Perspectives Contribute to the Study of Power’, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto, October 27-28, 2006.

Refresher Course Lectures

2013: “Electoral Politics, Caste and Class in Liberalizing India.” Talk delivered at the Refresher Course in Political Science (Theme : Democracy and Citizenship), University of Delhi, March 4-23, 2013.

2011: “Caste and the Public-Private Distinction.” Talk delivered at the Refresher Course in Political Science (Theme : Democracy and the Indian Constitution), University of Delhi, March 4-24, 2011.

Teaching

MA Compulsory Courses

Co-taught at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi:

Politics in India (July - December 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011)

Interpreting Modern India (July - December 2016, 2012, 2011)

Themes in Indian Political Thought (January - May 2017, 2011)

MA Optional Courses

Taught at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi:

The Development Process and Politics in India (January - May 2016, 2013, 2012)

Parties, Elections and the Political Process in India (January - May 2013, 2011)

Identities and Political Transformation in India (July – December 2016)

M.Phil Courses

Taught at the University of Delhi:

Interdisciplinary Course on ‘Caste in the Disciplines’ offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences (January - May 2012)

Section on ‘The Ethnographic Method,’ for the M.Phil. Research Methods Course, at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi (August - December 2011, 2012)

M. Phil. Courses

Co-taught at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta :

Institutions and Identities in Contemporary India (January - May 2010)

Rethinking Political Theory (January - May 2010)

Supervision

M.Phil. Dissertations

Naresh Gupta, “The Child and the State : The Evolution of Juvenile Justice in India” (submitted July 2013)
Ph.D. Dissertations :

Neha Aggarwal, “The Political Economy of Communal Violence : A Case Study of Ahmedabad, Gujarat - 2002 and After” (ongoing)

Kunal Kishore, “Contesting the Political : Civil Society and Politics in Post- Liberalization India.” (ongoing)

Jigyasa Sharna, “Citizenship, the State and the Homeless Urban Poor : An Ethnography of a Few Delhi Slums (ongoing)

Theses Evaluation: M.Phil.

2015

Amitanshu Verma, ‘“The Figure of Bahubali” : Politics, Criminality and Violence in Uttar Pradesh,’ Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

2014

Nuzhat Nazneen, ‘Law and Social Movements : A Case Study of “India Against Corruption,”’ Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Professional Activities

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association (APSA)

Association of Asian Studies (AAS)

European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR)

Editorial Duties

Invited to review submissions for the following journals

Asian Studies Review Ethnopolitics

Journal of South Asian Studies

Activities at the University of Delhi

Curriculum Development

2015-2016

Drafted two new optional courses for the MA Programme in Political Science : (1)The Politics of Identity in Comparative Perspective ; and (2) Identities and Political Transformation in India

2013-2014

Member of the ‘Indian Government and Politics’ Committee for the preparation of syllabi for the Four Year Undergraduate Programme at the University of Delhi.

2011-2012

Member of the ‘Indian Government and Politics’ Committee for the revision and restructuring of Undergraduate (BA Honours) courses in Political Science at the University of Delhi.

Co-introduced (with Prof. Ujjwal Singh) the revised BA Honours Compulsory Course, ‘Constitutional Democracy and Government in India,’ at the Course Orientation held at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, 3 August 2011.

Committee Work at the Department of Political Science

2016-2017: Convenor, Examination Committee Member, Student Advisory Committee

2015-2016: Convenor, Ph.D. Committee Member, Adhoc Teachers Committee

2014-2015: ON LEAVE

2013-2014: Member, Examination Committee

2012-2013: Convenor, Seminar Committee Member, M.Phil.Committee

2011-2012: Member, Internal Assessment Committee Member, Journal Committee

Languages

Bengali: Native fluency in written and spoken language

Hindi: Functional grasp

Contact

Department of Political Science

Faculty of Social Sciences,

IInd Floor, University of Delhi

Delhi 110007

Email: sohini.guha@gmail.com

 

 


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