Dr. Nair joined Furman in 2003 and has been teaching ancient and modern Indian history, gender history, and cultural histories of sugar and spice commodities. She focuses on critical histories of nationalism and globalization. In 2008, she co-founded Furman's India Study Abroad program. 

Name Title Description

AST-300

Colloquium

The course allows majors to investigate Asia" as a conceptual and geopolitical space and to critically investigate the discipline. Thus

AST-470

Seminar in Asian Studies

HST-155

Ancient and Early South Asia

Introduction to South Asia from prehistory to the early 16th century. Focus on the transformations of human environments in the Indian subcontinent, such as river-valley settlements, urban development, early state formation, long-distance trade, and mobility. Major themes include: interaction and integration, and diversity of ritual and cultural practices.

HST-156

Modern South Asia

The history of South Asia from the 16th century to present. Focus on Mughal dynasties and Indo-Islamic cultures, European traders and the British imperial projects, multiple resistors to imperial rule, and the creation of and challenges facing postcolonial South Asia.

HST-256

Gender History of South Asia

Questions of gender in colonial and postcolonial South Asia, and its diaspora. Topics include tradition" and "modernity"

HST-475

Senior Seminar in History

A required course for all majors. Discussion-based meetings will explore a specific historical topic and the related historiography. Students will conceive, design, and execute their own research project connected to the main topic of the seminar. All seminars include an assignment encouraging students to integrate and to reflect upon their varied classroom, travel study, and internship experiences over the course of the major.

  • Alester G. Furman Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Meritorius Advising Award (2009)
  • Furman University’s Research and Professional Growth Grants (2006, 2011, 2012)
  • Andrew W. Mellon funded Tri-Consortial Project, with Associated Colleges of the South,
  • Global Partners in East Africa Travel Grant: Uganda (2005)
  • Chimicles Teaching of Writing Fellowship, The University of Pennsylavia (1997-8)
  • Annenberg Foundation Research Fellowship, The University of Pennsylvania (1996-7)
  • Andrew Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Pennsylvania (1994-6)

Dr. Nair’s research focuses on Indian overseas migration, in particular 19th-20th century migrant networks between western India and eastern Africa. 

Trained as a historian, she seeks to unravel national history writing agendas and provide a methodological shift for comparative research from various sites to demonstrate a global cultural landscape transformed by movement.

Her research focuses on South Asia, the British empire, and the Indian Ocean region in order to challenge the sanctity of borders, myths of a common past and shared origin, and territorial sovereignty. 

Multiple sites of research include Mumbai, Porbandar, Ahmedabad, Kampala, Nairobi, and London. 

Education
Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
M.A.
University of Pennsylvania
B.A.
Carnegie Mellon University

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