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