Ahuja Family Distinguished Fellows

Spring 2017  Ahuja Family Distinguished Fellow in Residence
Janaki Nair, Professor of History, Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal  Nehru University
Janaki Nair is Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal  Nehru University, where she has taught since 2009.  She was formerly Professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcultta, from 2002-2009.  Professor Nair has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Wuerzburg, the German Historical Institute (London), and the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (Bangalore), the Centre for the Sudy of Culture and Society (Bangalore), the National Centre for Biological Sciences (Bangalore), and the Madras Institute of Development Studies (Chennai).
Her publications include the monographs Mysore Modern: Reconceptualising the Region under Princely Rule (2011); The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century, awarded the 2005 New India Foundation Book Prize; Miners and Millhands: Work, Culture and Politics in Princely Mysore (1998); and Women and Law in Colonial India: A Social History (1996).  She co-edited Theorising the Present: Essays For Partha Chatterjee, with Anjan Ghosh and Tapati Guha Thakurta, (2011); and A Question of Silence? The Sexual Economies of Modern India, with Mary John (1998).
"Un/Common Schooling: Alternative Education in the Time of Democracy”
Recorded on Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Fall 2016 Ahuja Family Distinguished Fellow in Residence
Tapati Guha-ThakurtaDirector and Professor of History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
Tapati Guha-Thakurta is the Director and Professor of History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, where she has taught since 1989.  She earned a D.Phil. in the History Faculty at the University of Oxford, and has taught at Presidency College and the University of Calcutta.  Professor Guha-Thakurta has been a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and Humanities, Los Angeles, and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.  She has been a Visiting Professor at Smith College, the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven, the University of California at Berkeley, and Jawaharlal Nehru University.  
Professor Guha-Thakurta’s most recent book is In the Name of the Goddess: The Durga Pujas of Contemporary Kolkata (2015).  Her publications include the monographs The Making of a New 'Indian' Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal, c.1850-1920 (1992); Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Post-colonial India (2004), and the exhibition monographs, In her own Right; Remembering the artist Karuna Shaha (2000); Visual Worlds of Modern Bengal, (2002); The Aesthetics of the Popular Print, Birla Academy (2006), and The City in the Archive: Calcutta’s Visual Histories (2011).  She co-edited  (with Janaki Nair and Anjan Ghosh) Theorising the Present; Essays for Partha Chatterjee (2011); and with Partha Chatterjee and Bodhisattva Kar, New Cultural  Histories of India: Materiality and Practices (2012).
Recorded on Monday, October 31, 2017
Spring 2016 Ahuja Family Distinguished Fellow in Residence
Mahesh Dattani
Theatre and Film Director
Mahesh Dattani was the Spring 2016 Ahuja Family Fellow at the South Asia Institute, and Visiting Theatre Director at the Theatre Department, where he directed a production of the Partha Chatterjee play, Choker Bali , based on the Tagore novel, which ran from March 3-5, 2016 at Barnard College. Dattani is an actor, playwright, screenwriter, and a theatre and film director.  He was educated at St. Joseph's College (Bangalore) and has taught at the University of Oregon and the Drama School in Mumbia.  His many plays include Dance Like a Man (1989), Thirty Days in September(2001), Brief Candle (2009), and most recently, Guahar (2015), based on the novel by Vikram Sampath.  He directed the film Mango Soufflé and wrote and directed Morning Raaga (2004).
Fall 2015 Ahuja Family Distinguished Fellow in Residence
President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Pratap Bhanu Mehta is president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.  He is a political scientist who has taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the New York University School of Law. His areas of research include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs.  Dr Mehta holds a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Political Science.  Dr Mehta has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission, and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities. Mehta is a prolific writer; he is an editorial consultant to the Indian Express, and his columns have appeared in dailies including the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the International Herald Tribune, and the Hindu. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy, and India and Global Affairs.