Haimanti Roy

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Haimanti Roy

Assistant 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


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


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


Review of Sekhar Bandyopadhya, "Caste, Culture and Hegemony," in Contemporary South Asia, 16, 2 (2008)

Review of Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper, "Forgotten Wars: Freedom and Revolution in Southeast Asia" in Journal of British Studies, 7, 2(2008): 476-78

Review of Vijaya Ramaswamy Ed., "Re-Searching Indian Women," Contemporary South Asia, 15,1(2006): 106-107

Review of Anil Bhatti and Johannes H Voight Eds. "Jewish Exile in India 1933-1945," Biblio, Vol. IV, Nos. 3 & 4 (1999)

Review of D. A Low and Howard Brasted Eds. "Freedom, Trauma, Continuities: Northern India and Independence," Biblio Vol. III Nos. 9 & 10. (1998)