Haimanti Roy

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Haimanti Roy

Associate Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Haimanti Roy specializes in the political and social history of colonial India and modern South Asia. Her first book entitled Partitioned Lives: Refugees, Migrants, Citizens in India and Pakistan, 1947-65 (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012) examines issues of territoriality, identity, migration and citizenship, and the subsequent re-ordering of national identities of ordinary men and women in post-Partition India and East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh). She is currently working on a social history of certificates and documents in twentieth century India.

Roy has previously taught at the University of Cincinnati, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Georgia Institute of Technology. At the University of Dayton, she teaches courses on Gandhi, The British Empire, Indian Cinema, Gender and Sexuality in South Asia. She can be reached via email at hroy01@udayton.edu.


  • Phd, (Distinction), University of Cincinnati, 2006
  • M.A. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1998

Research Interests

  • Nationalism
  • Colonialism/Imperialism
  • Migration
  • Citizenship
  • Women and Gender in South Asia
  • Food, Consumption and Culture

Selected Publications


The Partition of India, Oxford India Short Introductions (Forthcoming, July 2018)

Partitioned Lives: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens in India and Pakistan, 1947-65. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.


"Paper Rights: Emergence of Documentary Identities in Post-Colonial India, 1950-67", in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Volume 39, Issue 2, June 2016, Pp. 329-349

“Partition.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism. Ed. Alf Hiltebeitel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015

"A Partition of Contingency? Public Discourse in Bengal, 1946-47," Modern Asian Studies, 43:6, (2009): 1355-1384.


Book reviews in The Economic and Political Weekly, Journal of Asian Studies, Contemporary South Asia, Journal of British Studies, and Biblio