Professor Angma Jhala, D.Phil., Oxford; M.Div. and A.B, Harvard

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Institutional Affiliation: Bentley University


Angma D. Jhala is a Professor of History at Bentley University. Her work focuses on Modern South Asia, with an emphasis on religion, politics, gender and material culture in nineteenth and twentieth century India. Her books include Courtly Indian Women in Late Imperial India (2008), Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India (2011) and most recently An Endangered History: Indigeneity, Religion and Politics on the Borders of India, Bangladesh and Burma (2019). She has published widely in leading journals of South Asian studies, and served as consultant to the Museum of Fine Art Houston’s 2018 exhibition on Indian royal art.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

I am currently working on a research project entitled, “Indian Princes, Parliament and Presidential Power: The Concord of Princes (1967-71).”

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“Prince and ‘Primitive’: Chakma Raja Bhuvan Mohan Roy on the Crossroads of India, Burma and Britain,” Global Royal Families, ed. Robert Aldrich, Cindy McCreery and Falko   Schnicke, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“The Indian Princely States and Their Rulers.” In the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History, ed. David Ludden. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

“Imperial Cosmopolitanism, Royal Patronage, and Zenana Courts.” In Peacock in the Desert: the Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Yale University Press, 2018.

Rani Jijima, Soldier, Statesman, Financier: a Rajput queen in mid-eighteenth century western India.” In Genealogy, Archive, Image: Interpreting Dynastic History in Western India, c.1090-2016, ed. Angma Jhala and Jayasinhji Jhala. (Berlin: De Gruyter Open, 2017; reprinted in second edition, 2018).

Peacock in the Desert: the Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India, ed. Angma D. Jhala. (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Yale University Press, 2018).

“The Scandalous Case of the Rani of Lathi: female regency, princely politics and sexual impropriety in 1920s colonial India”, South Asian Studies, (the journal of the British Association of South Asian Studies), Vol. 33, Issue 2 (September 2017): 149-164.

Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India. (London: Pickering and Chatto, Empire in Perspectives Series, 2011. Reprinted in paperback and e-book by Routledge, 2015- 2016).

Courtly Indian Women in Late Imperial India. (London: Pickering and Chatto Press, 2008. Reprinted in paperback and e-book by Routledge, 2015-2016).

“’Home and the World’: Cosmopolitan, transnational identities of courtly Indian women in the late imperial Zenana,” Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 49. No. 6 (November 2015): 1704-1731.

“Daughters of the Hills: legacies of colonialism, nationalism and religious communalism in the Chakma Raj family, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bengal c. 1900 – 1972,” South Asian History and Culture, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2013): 107-125.

“Shifting the gaze: Colonial and postcolonial portraits of the zenana in Hindi and Euro- American cinema,” South Asian Popular Culture, Vol. 9, No. 3 (October 2011): 259-271.

“The Jodhpur Regency: princely education, politics and gender in postcolonial India,” South Asian History and Culture, Vol.1, No. 3 (2010): 378–396.

“The Malabar Hill Murder Trial of 1925: Sovereignty, law and sexual politics in colonial princely India,” The Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 46, No. 3 (2009): 373- 400.



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