Sanjam Ahluwalia, PhD

Sanjam Ahluwalia Director
Northern Arizona University
Professor, History & Women's and Gender Studies
Blg 70 Rm #100C
Phone: 928-523-8709
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Curriculum Vitae 


  • Women’s and Gender History
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • World History
  • Feminist theories,
  • Histories of birth control and reproductive health
  • Global feminisms


MA, Delhi University; PhD University of Cincinnati, 2000

Teaching and research interests 

Sanjam Ahluwalia is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Women’s and Gender Studies Program and at Northern Arizona University.  Her research interests are in the fields of women/gender histories with an emphasis on histories and politics of reproductive rights and sexualities.  She offers graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of interest both in the Department of History and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.  Her monograph Reproductive Restraints: Birth Control in India, 1877-1947 was co-published by Permanent Black Press and Illinois University Press,2008.  She is currently working on her book length project on the history of sexology in India, locating it within a larger global context.  She has recently been awarded a residential research fellowship to participate at the Leslie Center Humanities Institute on the Global History of Sexual Science, at Dartmouth College over the summer of 2013.  She serves as the book review editor (South Asia) for Journal of Asian Studies.  She is also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Women’s History.

Courses taught 

  • HIS 100: World History, Ancient Period
  • HIS 102: Making of the Modern World
  • HIS 297: Women in Asia
  • HIS 460: Gender and Nationalisms
  • HIS 565: Readings in Gender, Race, and Class
  • HIS 599: Power, Culture, and Ideology
  • WST 191: Women, Gender Identity, and Ethnicity
  • WST 291: Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • WST 600: Feminist Theories and Methodologies

List of recent publications 

“Birth Control:  South Asia,”in Encyclopedia of the Modern World, ed. P. Stearns (2008)

“Muthulakshmi Reddi,”  in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (2007)

“Rethinking Boundaries:  Global and the Local in the History of Birth Control:  an Indian Case Study,”  orig. in Journal of Women’s History, 14: 4(2003); reprinted in Sue Morgan, ed., The Feminist History Reader (2006)

“Contraception and Birth Control,” in Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2004)

“Demographic Rhetoric and Sexual Surveillance:  Indian Middle Class Advocates of Birth Control, 1847-1947,” in J. Mills and Satadru Sen, eds. Confronting the Body:  The politics of Physicality in Colonial and Post-Colonial India (2003)

Book review 

 Vern L. Bullough, Encyclopedia of Birth Control. California, ABC CLIO, Inc., 2001. Women's History Review. In Press.

List of recent professional service/awards 

Steering Committee Member, “Gathering at the River: Tri-University Women of Color Conference.” 2003.
Elected Faculty Senator, Northern Arizona University. 2001-present.
Women’s Studies Steering Committee, Northern Arizona University. 2001-present.
Panel Organizer, 12th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. 2002.
Awarded Outstanding Dissertation Prize, Ohio Academy of History. April 2002.   


Awarded a 2013 summer residential fellowship at the Leslie Center for the Humanities, at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for a project on a Global History of Sexual Sciences, book length project on Sex, Sexuality and Reproduction.

Book Editor for the Journal of Asian Studies, the premier journal in the field.
“Sex and Reproduction: Politics of Birth Control in Colonial India.1920-1947. Indian Journal of Gender Studies. 2012.