Congratulations to Dr. Reeju Ray, whose doctoral thesis has been awarded the history department's annual award for excellence. Reeju's thesis is entitled 'Placing the Khasi Jaintiah Hills: Sovereignty, Custom, and Narratives of Continuity'. It examines the historical production, and co-option of the Khasi and Jaintiah hills into a frontier of the British Empire."
Reeju is originally from Shillong in the North East of India, and also lived in New Delhi for many years as a student. Queen's became an option for graduate study after she met her supervisor Dr. Ishita Pande in New Delhi and discussed research plans with her. Reeju received her Ph.D. from Queen's in November 2013, and now resides in Toronto. Reeju is currently working on a couple of journal articles and a postdoctoral project plan. Her plan is to continue working on legal pluralism in the north eastern frontier of the British empire in India looking more closely at the 20th century.
During the academic year of 2013-14 Reeju taught courses at both Queen's and the University of Toronto (U of T) and will continue to teach at the Center for South Asian Studies U of T for the Fall and Winter term of 2014-15.