Indian American professor awarded research grant from Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Neeti Nair 

Neeti Nair, an associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, has received the prestigious Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Fellowship to support her book project “Sentiments and Blasphemy in South Asia.”

According to Nair’s university profile, in her new book, she examines the historical forces shaping ideologies in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. “In the process, I ask what it has meant for India to be a secular republic, for Pakistan to be an Islamic republic, and for Bangladesh to be a secular republic that also enshrines Islam as the state religion,” she says.

At University of Virginia, Nair teaches South Asian history with a special emphasis on colonialism, nationalism, decolonization, and the afterlives of the Partition of the Indian subcontinent.

She is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. She is  author of “Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics and the Partition of India” (Harvard and Permanent Black, 2011, pbk 2016).

She is also working on a course book titled “India's Partition: Politics, Culture, Memory” that has been commissioned by Cambridge University Press. The book is based on courses on Partition that she has regularly taught at the University of Virginia.

Her other interests lie in the fields of India-Pakistan relations, foreign policy, education policy, memory studies, and oral history.

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