Uditi Sen

Lecturer in History

Contact & Office Hours

Monday, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Or by appointment.

Pierce Hall 202



Ph.D., University of Cambridge

M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

B.A., Presidency College, Kolkata


Uditi Sen's research interests include state-society relations in independent India, the gendered nature of governance and the complex relationship between displacement and development. Through microhistories of rehabilitation policies she explores how categories and discourses of governance have impinged upon the lives of vulnerable citizens. Oral historical research forms a vital component of her work, which enables her to give prominence to perspectives "from below" and investigate the interface between memory and identity.

Selected Publications

Sen is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled "Forging Citizens, Recasting Refugees: Partition, Belonging and the Making of Nehruvian India."

"The Myths Refugees Live By: Memory and History in the Making of Refugee Identity" (Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 48, 2014).

"Spinster, Prostitute or Pioneer? Images of Refugee Women in Post-Partition Calcutta" (Max Weber Working Paper, 34, 2011)