Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Ishita Pande  pande.jpg

Associate Professor
Colonial and Postcolonial India, British Empire, Postcolonial theory and South Asian Diaspora


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74373
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 223
Office Hours:  Monday 2.30-5.00 pm and by appointment.



Ph.D., Princeton University, New Jersey (2005)
M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University, Deli (1999)
B.A., St. Stephen's College, Delhi (1997)


Ishita Pande is a historian of post/colonial South Asia and the British Empire. 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 at work on a book on the history of childhood, age stratification and the body clock in late colonial India, for which she has received funding and support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), ARC and the Institute of Historical Research in London, UK. She has held several fellowships and visiting positions, most recently at the Institute of Historical Research, London (UK) and at the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College, Hanover (US).

Teaching (2015-16):


HIST 241: Science and Sexuality, 1890-1940
HIST 446: Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India
HIST 890: Britain and the Empire

Principal fields for graduate supervision:

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

Recent Publications

Forthcoming. “Time for Sex: The Education of Desire and the Conduct of Childhood in Global/Hindu Sexology,” in Veronika Fuechtner, Douglas E. Haynes, and Ryan Jones (eds.), Towards a Global History of Sexual Science 1880‐1960 (Under review, University of California Press).

2016. “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).

2015. “Feeling Like a Child: Narratives of Development and the Indian Child Wife,” Stephanie Olsen, ed., Childhood, Youth and Emotions in Modern History: National, Colonial and Global Perspectives (Palgrave, 2015)

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.

2013. “Listen to the Child: Law, Sex and the Child Wife in Indian Historiography,” History Compass 11, 9 (2013): 687-701.

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)

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