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Kalyani Ramnath






Kalyani Ramnath is a historian of modern South Asia. Her research and teaching interests are in South Asian history, legal history with an emphasis on questions of law and empire, labor and immigration histories, and methodological approaches to comparative, connected and transnational histories. Her dissertation work, titled ‘Boats in a Storm: Law, Politics, and Jurisdiction in Postwar South Asia’, is a connected history that looks at how legal and economic geographies were reconstituted following World War II in South Asia, and how ordinary people, particularly Tamil immigrants around the Bay of Bengal, navigated these transitions.

Her work has been supported by the American Historical Association, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and the Hart Fellowship for Tamil Studies. In 2016, she was elected to the Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars at Princeton University and in 2017, she was a Fellow at the Hurst Institute for Legal History at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kalyani received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2018. She also holds law degrees from the Yale Law School and the National Law School of India University (NLSIU). From 2010 - 2012, she served on the faculty of the NLSIU, teaching courses on legal history, property law and comparative law.