Dr. Sanjam Ahluwalia

I am a Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Department of History at Northern Arizona University. My research interests are in the fields of sexuality studies, and women/gender histories with an emphasis on reproductive health and sexology. My book Reproductive Restraints:  History of Birth Control in India, 1877-1947, was co-published by Illinois University Press, and Permanent Black, New Delhi.  I am currently completing my book manuscript on the global history of sexology, titled Sex from the Margins: Global History of Sexology from India, 1930s-1950s. While working on this manuscript for Sage USA and Yoda Press, New Delhi. I am also researching the history and politics of contraceptive technologies and reproductive health in post-colonial India, placing this history within a larger global context. My article, “From Gandhi to Gandhi: Contraceptive Technologies and Sexual Politics in Post Colonial India,” drawing upon this ongoing research, was recently published in an edited volume, Reproductive States: Global Perspectives on the Invention and Implementation of Population Policy, OUP, 2016. 

Publications

Sex from the Margins: Global History of Sexology from India, 1930s-1950s (in progress).

Reproductive Restraints:  History of Birth Control in India, 1877-1947 (Illinois University Press, 2008).

“From Gandhi to Gandhi: Contraceptive Technologies and Sexual Politics in Post Colonial India,” in Reproductive States: Global Perspectives on the Invention and Implementation of Population Policy (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Teaching

Within both my academic units I offer a range of courses from the undergraduate survey to graduate seminars.  Most all my courses focus on intersectional configurations of power along axis of gender, race, class, caste, religion, sexuality, and nation. Moreover, as a historian of the modern period, I focus on mapping shifts in the configurations of power across temporal and spatial variations.  Over the last four years, I have regularly offered the world history survey HIS 102 (Making of the Modern World); WGS/ES 191( Women, Gender and Ethnicity); HIS 379 (Women in Asia); HIS/WGS 355 ( History of Feminisms and Feminist Historiography); HIS 460( Gender and Nationalisms); HIS 560 (Gender and Nationalisms);  WGS 600 (Feminist Theories); WGS 601 (Sex, Politics, and Reproduction).