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Queen's University

Ishita Pande  pande.jpg

Associate Professor

Colonial and Modern South Asia, British Empire,
Postcolonial theory and South Asian Diaspora

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74373
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 223
Office Hours:  Tuesday, 11.00-12.00 pm; Wednesday 11.00-12.00 pm and by appointment



Ph.D., Princeton University, New Jersey 
M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
B.A., St. Stephen's College, Delhi (1997)


Ishita Pande is a historian of post/colonial South Asia and the British Empire. In 2013, she was a Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London (UK) and at the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College, Hanover (US). She is the author of Medicine, Race and Liberalism in British Bengal: Symptoms of Empire (London: Routledge, 2010; paperback 2012) – a study of the impact of the colonial connection on race science in Britain, the resonances between race science and imperial liberalism, the crucial role played by medical experts in the theory and practice of colonial government, and the use of a medicalized idiom in the fashioning of the Bengali modern in the long nineteenth century.

She is currently working on the emergence of childhood and sexuality as disciplinary and governmental problems in the early twentieth century, with a focus on child marriage in India. This book-length project, provisionally titled "Coming of Age: Law, Sex and Childhood in Colonial India" has received funding and support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), ARC and the Institute of Historical Research in London, UK. In an article-length project funded by a Matariki fellowship at the Leslie Humanities Center, Dartmouth College (Summer 2013), she scrutinizes the global dissemination of reproductive temporality through the sciences of sex in the early twentieth-century.


In 2013-14, she will be teaching:

HIST 242: Science and Sexuality, 1890-1940
HIST 310: Modern India
HIST 446: Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India.

Principal fields for graduate supervision:

India in the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, South Asian diasporas, British empire, subaltern studies and postcolonial theory, colonial science and medicine, gender and sexuality, race science, childhood studies, law and colonialism.

Major Publications

2012. "Coming of Age: Law, Sex and Childhood in Late Colonial India," Gender and History 24, 1 (April 2012), 205-230. (Winner of the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth 2013 Best Article Award)

2013.  "Phulmoni's Body: The Autopsy, the Inquest and the Humanitarian Narrative on Child-Rape in Late Colonial India," South Asian History and Culture 4, 1 (Jan. 2013), 9-30.

2013. "Sorting Boys and Men: Unlawful Intercourse, Boy Protection and Child Marriage Restraint Act in Colonial India," Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 6, 2 (2013), 314-340.

Forthcoming. "Listen to the Child: Law, Sex and the Child Wife in Indian Historiography," History Compass

Forthcoming. "Marriage and Minority: The Indian Nation, the Muslim Question and the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929 in India." In Kristin Celello and Hanan Kholoussy eds., Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Marriage Crisis (New York: Oxford University Press).

2010. Medicine, Race and Liberalism in British Bengal: Symptoms of Empire (Routledge: London and New York). Paperback issued in 2012.

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