Ranjana Saha

Postdoctoral Fellow

Manipal Centre for Humanities


    Ranjana Saha is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Manipal Centre for Humanities.


Subject Semester / Year
Historical Figures and Ideas BA Sem II
Approaches to History MA Sem I
Medicine, Health and Society in Colonial India MA Sem III
Narratives of the Indian Nation BA Sem VI


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD History University of Delhi, Delhi 2019
MPhil History University of Delhi, Delhi 2012
MA History Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 2007
BA Hons History Lancaster University, Lancaster U.K. 2004


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali Postdoctoral Fellow Research Fellow with intermittent teaching and evaluation duties 1 May, 2018 – 30 April, 2020.
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi Research Assistant for Dr. Awadhendra Sharan Research Assistant February-March (2 months), 2018
CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies), Delhi. PhD Fellowship 2016 – 2017
ICHR (Indian Council of Historical Research), New Delhi. Junior Research Fellowship / JRF 2013 – 2015
Department of History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant 2009-10 and 2011-12


Area of Interest

Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India, Global History, Gender Studies, Medical Anthropology, and Cultural Studies (with a particular focus on medical literature about motherhood and breastfeeding in colonial Calcutta).

Book Review of Jagriti Gangopadhyay, Culture, Context and Aging of Older Indians Narratives from India and Beyond (New Delhi: Springer, 2021)

2022 Ranjana Saha

in Contemporary South Asia vol 30, issue 1, 2022, pp. 125-126.

Motherhood on display: The child welfare exhibition in colonial Calcutta, 1920

2021 Ranjana Saha

The Indian Economic and Social History Review, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 249–277

Review of Indrani Sen, Gendered Transactions The white woman in colonial India

2019 Ranjana Saha

South Asia Research Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 238-241.

Review of Ambalika Guha, Colonial Modernities Midwifery in Bengal, C. 1860-1947 (New York: Routledge, 2018)

2018 Ranjana Saha

The Book Review Vol. XLIII, No. 4, pp. 9-10

Milk, Mothering and Meanings: Infant Feeding in colonial Bengal

2017 Ranjana Saha

Women’s Studies International Forum, vol. 60, pp. 97–110.

Milk, “Race” and Nation: Medical Advice on Breastfeeding in Colonial Bengal

2017 Ranjana Saha

South Asia Research, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 147-165.

Review of Charu Gupta, Gendering Colonial India: Reforms, Print, Caste and Communalism (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2012)

2014 Ranjana Saha

Social Scientist, Vol. 42, No. 3-4, pp. 108-111.

Infant Feeding: Child Marriage and “Immature Maternity” in Colonial Bengal, 1890s-1920s

2014 Ranjana Saha

Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, vol. 75, Platinum Jubilee, pp. 708-715 (Awarded the Professor Partha Sarthi Gupta Prize and Professor J. C. Jha Memorial Prize).

Children in the Mind: Paginated Childhoods and Pedagogics of Play

2011 Ranjana Saha

Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLVI, no. 48, pp. 53-60.