Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Aditi Sen

Assistant Professor
South Asia, Food History, South Asian Religion, Horror cinema, Hindi cinema, Comics and Graphic novels


Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 78685
Office:  Watson 103



PhD, Deccan College Research Institute, India


I am a historian of South Asian religion, sexuality, gender and food history. My recent research has been in the field of history of horror in South Asian cinema and popular culture. Drawing from a criminal case from 1892 in Bombay, my current project is on forensics in colonial India and the role it played in determining criminal cases.

My previous research was on The Rig Veda and The Atharva Veda—two essential texts from Ancient India that document orthodox and folk religion respectively


Hist 122: The Making of the Modern World
Hist 228: Global History of Pandemics
Hist 200: India and the World (online)
Hist 214: Global History of Food (online)



Bollywood Horrors: Atrocity, Religion and Cinematic Fears in India. Edited with Ellen Goldberg and Brian Collins. (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Chapters and Articles

“Do you want to know the Raaz?: Sāvitri, Satyavān and the Other Woman.” In Bollywood Horrors. (Bloomsbury, 2020).

“Making of a Monster: The Various Villains of Hindi Horror Comics.” In Kasia Ancuta and Deimantas Valanciunus eds. South Asian Gothic Collection (University of Wales Press, forthcoming 2020).

‘“I Wasn’t Born with Enough Middle Fingers’: How low-budget horror films defy sexual morality and heteronormativity in Bollywood.” Acta Orientalia Vilnensia, 12, no. 2 (2011): 75-90.

Regular contributor to The Hindu, Livemint and Open Magazine.